Wildlife Management Practices

Wildlife management and conservation are ever evolving and are based on numerous considerations, including the public’s needs and desires and changes in the natural environment, such as disease affecting a certain species.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the agency with primary responsibility for conserving our state’s wildlife, employs a wide range of scientifically proven methods for species management.

Surveying wildlife populations, continually tracking of birth and death rates of various species, reviewing a variety of factors and understanding the condition of their habitat, are pillars of conservation management. Consider Michigan’s keystone species, the white-tailed deer. Data such as the number of car-deer crashes, the amount of commercial crops consumed by the animals and the estimated number of deer dying due to disease are important to maintaining a healthy, sustainable herd.