North American Wildlife Conservation Model
The North American Wildlife Conservation Model is the only one of its kind in the world. In the mid-1800s, hunters and anglers realized they needed to set limits in order to protect rapidly disappearing wildlife, and assume responsibility for managing wild habitats. Hunters and anglers were among the first to crusade for wildlife protection and remain some of today’s most important conservation leaders. Their efforts are the backbone of the North American Wildlife Conservation Model.
The model has two basic principles – that our fish and wildlife belong to all Americans, and that they need to be managed in a way that their populations will be sustained forever. The principles of the North American Wildlife Conservation Model are explained more fully through a set of guidelines known as the Seven Sisters for Conservation.
Sister #5 – Non-Frivolous Use, stands for: In North America, individuals may legally kill certain wild animals under strict guidelines for food and fur, self-defense, and property protection. Laws restrict against the casual killing of wildlife merely for antlers, horns, or feathers.