As leaders in wildlife science, management and conservation, The Wildlife Society has a responsibility to address national and international issues that affect the current and future status of wildlife in North America and throughout the world. The diligent development of authoritative statements on wildlife issues is essential for interjecting wildlife concerns into decision-making processes.
The statements linked below have been formally adopted by The Wildlife Society Council, following member review and comment periods.
Descriptions and processes for each type of document is available in the Policy Engagement Documents report.
These are broad topic statements that are fundamental to wildlife conservation and/or the wildlife profession. Standing Positions have been identified as long-standing, foundational positions of The Wildlife Society. Download the Summary Document.
- Animal Rights Philosophy and Wildlife Conservation
- Conservation Education
- Conservation Law Enforcement
- Conserving Biological Diversity
- Economic Growth
- Environmental Quality through Resource Management
- Human Populations
- North American Model of Wildlife Conservation
- Responsible Human Use of Wildlife
- Threatened and Endangered Species
- Toxic Chemical Compounds
- Traps, Trapping, and Furbearer Management
- Urban Wildlife
- Use of Science in Policy and Management Decisions
- Wildlife Damage Management
- Wildlife Disease
- Wildlife Fertility Control
- Workforce Diversity in the Wildlife Profession
These are broad and topical statements on a wildlife issue that defines the issue, contains factual background data, describes the most probable biological, social, and economics results of alternative actions, and may also contain a recommended course(s) of action.
- Delisting of Grizzly Bears in the Greater Yellowstone Area
- The U.S. Endangered Species Act
- Wolf Restoration and Management in the Contiguous United States
Energy Development & Climate Change
- Alterations of Stream, Riparian, and Wetland Habitats in the U.S.
- Conservation and Management of Old-growth Forest on the Pacific Coast of North America
- Recognition of Wildlife Needs in Watershed Planning
- The Antarctic
- Incorporating Wildlife Needs in Land Management Plans
Harvest & Hunting
- Baiting and Supplemental Feeding of Game Wildlife Species
- Confinement of Wild Ungulates within High Fences
- Shooting Preserves for Game Birds
- The Impact of Border Security Measures on Wildlife
- Scientific Peer Review of Agency Decision Processes
Issue statements are specific applications of broader policies identified in a standing position or position statement. These statements outline The Wildlife Society’s policies targeted at a specific issue or action.
- Domestic Sheep and Goats Disease Transmission Risk to Wild Sheep (TWS/AAWV Joint Issue Statement)
- Feral and Free-Ranging Domestic Cats
- Feral Horses and Burros in North America
- Feral Swine in North America
- Impacts of Wind Energy Development on Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat
- Oil and Gas Development in the Rocky Mountain West
- Wildlife Killing Contests
For questions and comments regarding TWS’ policy engagement documents, please contact:
Keith Norris, AWB®
Director, Wildlife Policy & Programs
(301) 897-9770 ext 309