SCIF Wildlife Conservation

Embracing the conservation ethic of hunters and promotes hunter stewardship of wildlife resources

SCI Foundation’s Conservation team funds and directs worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation.  Each program region – North America, Africa, and Asia – has specific areas of focus, from predator-prey interaction to wildlife genetics and anti-poaching to applied management.  We work closely with SCI Chapters and members to advance local, regional, and global wildlife conservation projects each year. We also partner with sustainable use organizations and with researchers at top universities in the United States and elsewhere to ensure that the best science is used to make wildlife conservation decisions.  SCI Foundation has funded over 100 wildlife conservation projects in more than 30 countries, showing that hunting is conservation.

Program Highlights

North America

SCI Foundation has been working for over 10 years to help understand the role of predators and habitat quality in population dynamics of North America’s most important game species: the white-tailed deer.  Our flagship project in northern Michigan showed the importance of high quality winter habitat for deer in the region, as well as the influence of black bears, wolves, and coyotes on Michigan deer.  We recently expanded into a similar project in the Appalachian Mountains of western Virginia.

Mule deer have been declining for years in many parts of the western United States and Canada.  SCI Foundation has supported numerous projects examining reasons for these declines and possible management options for this iconic western big game species.  Possible reasons include predator-mediated apparent competition with other species such as elk, loss of migratory corridors and winter range, and long-term land use changes.  Our projects have examined these is