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Although there is a diversity of opinion about how to view the relationship between humans and wildlife, recent political pressures from the current administration make it mandatory that these diverse groups coalesce to use their combined leverage to halt the planned incursions into the remaining habitats of wildlife. It is also important to begin to see nature as a complex and interrelated whole, and to respect the integrity of that whole, rather than simply select individual species for affection and protection.


The following are the opening remarks at a symposium on "Wildlife Management in the United States: Scientific and Humane Issues in Conservation Programs," The Institute for the Study of Animal Problems, St. Louis, MO, October 14, 1981.