The West is urban—so when will wildlife politics change to reflect this—or will it ever?
A short note in a recent issue of High Country News cited data that the West is “more urban” than the nation as a whole with 89 percentage. This raises the issue of when, if ever, will the politics of wildlife conservation change to reflect these demographics? Will ranchers and their “partners” extractive industries and farmers continue to dominate or will there be an evolution towards policies less focused on killing predators of cows and sheep? Up until now, the myth of the “cowboy” westerner and small rancher continues to dominate due to institutionalism and, I think, cultural stereotypes despite their divergence from reality. Check out the story at: http://www.hcn.org/articles/week-in-review-april-21?utm_source=wcn1&utm_medium=email
I have just completed a book titled "Wildlife Politics" that is scheduled to be published by Cambridge University Press on March 30, 2017. The book covers broadly all major aspects of wildlife conservation policy worldwide. During my research for the book, I noticed that there was no blog available for sharing informaton on wildlife conservation and thus I set up this blog to accomplish this purpose. Please share any informaticoncerning issues related to wildife policy and politics. I welcome feedback from users concerning this blog and website.