Wildlife management is often thought of in terms of protecting and nurturing wildlife populations and the habitat they live in.
However, wildlife management also includes managing conflict between wildlife and human interests. Changing land use and the increasing spread of suburbia means that wildlife are sometimes in conflict with humans when they compete for food, water, refuge and space.
Examples of the impact wildlife can have
Animal behaviour threatening human safety:
- birds swooping to defend their young in the nest
- hazard to aircraft safety from flocking birds congregating on or near runways
- aggressive animals.
Damage to the built environment or assets:
- chewing external timbers of buildings
- digging up turf on sports ovals
- fouling manufactured products, goods or fencing.
Damage to the natural environment:
- overgrazing at newly planted sites
- pruning and chewing branches of mature trees.
Damage to crops, produce and horticulture:
- eating germinating cereal and/or grain crops
- trampling crops
- eating stock feed
- eating fruit, vegetables and flowers.