We live on a small island which is getting rather overcrowded. As we fight for space with other residents it is inevitable there will be some clashes.
Traditionally the answer has been simply to kill the animal either by hunting, shooting, gassing, poisoning, snaring or trapping. Scientific studies are increasingly showing that methods which focus on removing individual animals, whether through killing them or through removing them by using a cage trap, are inferior. Quite simply, other animals remaining in the area will move in and breed to replace any killed or removed.
Victory attained by violence is tantamount to defeat, for it is momentary.
Changes to the habitat are the key to humane and effective methods of wildlife control. Without removing the things which attracted the animals to the area in the first place, pest control cannot succeed as any removed individuals will be replaced by others attracted by those same things. Animals are attracted by food, shelter and by safe areas in which to nest. By identifying and removing those things, the animals can be discouraged from breeding and encouraged to disperse.
Making the habitat unsuitable to the species in question…is a much more…effective procedure for controlling the offending animals than just attempting to…remove individual animals.
– Biological control of vertebrate pests, Walter E Howard
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