Shane Mahoney – North American Wildlife Conservation Model
Biologist, Writer, Lecturer
Shane Mahoney, born and raised in Newfoundland, is a biologist and writer widely known internationally as a lecturer on environmental and resource conservation issues.
A committed hunter and fisherman, Shane lectures widely in the United States and Canada on the future of hunting and sport fishing and the role hunters and anglers have played in conserving our wildlife legacy. He frequently addresses resource management agencies and professionals concerning their roles as conservation leaders in the 21st century and conducts workshops on this theme throughout North America.
August 2012 Speech at the Idaho Wildlife Summit
In the 17th century, hunting in Europe was only allowed for the wealthy and privileged. It is no surprise then that for the early settlers hunting in North America, felt unconstrained and took advantage of the seemingly unlimited resources and wildlife. As a result, by the late 1800’s wildlife populations had been noticeably impacted.
Beginning in the late 1800s, Teddy Roosevelt, John Muir, Gifford Pinchot and other conservationist realized they needed to establish limits to protect rapidly disappearing wildlife, and assume responsibility for managing wild lands. These principles eventually became The North American Wildlife Conservation Model, which has been critical to the success of wildlife management throughout North America.