The May/June issue of The Wildlife Professional

The Beaver Balancing Act: Are these ecosystem engineers saviors or pests?

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Beavers have made a substantive comeback in North America after almost being wiped out due to the fur trade. But as they’ve returned, the landscape around them has changed. In the May/June issue of The Wildlife Professional, we explore the complexities of managing beavers where they are impacting city infrastructure, but also conserving them where they can benefit ecosystems.

In conjunction with this cover story, we are releasing a special is­sue of TWS’ journals, which compiles scientific articles published in the Journal of Wildlife Management and the Wildlife Society Bulletin over the past 20 years discussing beaver conservation and management.

Our cover story is paired with a special focus on our profession’s discipline of wildlife damage management.

Other articles focus on a program to get women into hunting, how one wildlife professional adapted her wildlife career after a traumatic brain injury, and a novel way of using laser scarecrows to deter birds.

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Header Image: A North American beaver makes an appearance at Carburn Park in Calgary, Alberta. Credit: Chuck Szmurlo