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 President of CRWM – Herb Bergquist

 Spreading the word in Massachusetts about our educational efforts to get the proper tools and methods available for use in managing our furbearer species is no easy task.  Over a decade of time has passed since the successful 1996 ballot initiative occurred banning most capture methods and gone with it; critical knowledge and information on our furbearer wildlife that can never be recovered.  However, I personally do not see this as reason for total despair; but a basis for tremendous opportunity and hope.  For both resident wildlife and the citizens of the Commonwealth, allowing the use of extremely humane, scientifically tested and professionally accepted management tools is not only desirable, but critical for long-term ecosystem stability and our positive interactions with it.  There has been an awesome responsibility bestowed upon us by past generations to make sure that wildlife management decisions are based on science and inquiry, not emotional ideology.  When confronted with the so-called "animal rights" philosophy, we must never forget that animals will die with or without our involvement.  No living thing can cheat death, since it is an inevitable part of life.  The direct connection between death and cruelty is the message often projected to a sympathetic public by animal rights organizations - when done by human hands.  This connection should not and can not always be the case, since our connection with domestic animals and wildlife will continue and undoubtedly persist as long as we inhabit this landscape.  And so, viewed in this light, the real question is; should we be involved in the active management our wildlife?  I believe, as do the overwhelming majority of wildlife resource professionals across the country, the answer is an enthusiastic YES!  Yet, even with this undeniable fact that death is an inescapable part of life, if we are to be involved;  concerns of animal welfare are not only desirable for everyone managing wildlife, but essential for our humanity.  Animal welfare is of highest priority in any wildlife management plan and is always in the forefront of any method pursed.

You need to know that if you or your organization chooses to donate or become a member of the CRWM, your dollars are going toward something extremely important and will make a difference.  There is a lot of work to do and we need your help.   The CRWM is boldly attempting to educate and represent a public who believes in a reasonable, responsible and balanced approach to furbearer wildlife management in Massachusetts that will benefit both wildlife and society for the long-term.   We intend to help usher in a new era of responsibility and understanding recognized by the public and championed by our hired wildlife professionals.  The key to any successful wildlife management plan is an all inclusive approach that allows input and participation by all interested parties, including use and non-use advocates alike.  Our state wildlife professionals embrace this approach, standing ready to implement, regulate and enforce a wildlife management plan that involves the most humane, effective and responsible methods currently banned.  If you can push aside the half-truths, outlandish claims, outright fabrications and fantastic media campaigns that many have come to believe as fact over the years regarding regulated furbearer trapping; you have a unique opportunity now to be part of something positive and significant concerning the future management of our wildlife.   I hope you’ll take it.


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