Zoocheck works to counter the systematic, non-scientific, politically and culturally-driven persecution of wild animals under the guise of wildlife management.
Throughout the world a broad range of wild animals have been blamed for damaging environments, disrupting ecosystems, taking too many resources or creating nuisance problems for people. And for some animals, simple misunderstanding, misinformation, fear and dislike drive human perceptions about them. These largely erroneous, non-scientific beliefs and perceptions have led to the widescale persecution and eradication of tens of millions of animals.
For many years, official government agencies have also targeted many species under the guise of maintaining the balance of nature or preserving ecological integrity. Often their thinking and approach embraces the idea that nature is static, when it is anything but. They don’t seem to consider the fact that natural systems are dynamic and in a state of flux and that change and uncertainly will only increase because of increased human activities, climate change and other factors.
In North America the list of wrongly persecuted animals is long and includes, but is not limited to, bald eagles, loons, cormorants, magpies, bobolinks, beavers, squirrels, deer, bison, horses, burros, coyotes, wolves and bears.
The standard non-scientific approach of scapegoating wildlife for either real or perceived human-caused or complex, multi-faceted issues or problems must be changed.
Zoocheck is currently working in three areas of wildlife management. They are the protection of cormorants in the Great Lakes Basin, the preservation of Alberta’s last remaining wild horses in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the protection of bears in various parts of Canada.