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1Department of Ecosystem Management, University of New England, Annidale, New South Wales. Australia 2351.
Wildlife management is usually a mixture of natural science and a plethora of “social interests”: political interests, bureaucratic interests, conservation interests, industrial interests, professional interests and others. In a highly complex, politically-charged issue such as the management of wildlife in Australia’s south-east forests, solutions to management problem s rely as much upon commitments to particular sets of social interests as scientifically-produced data and evidence.