California's Mendocino County Suspends Contract With Wildlife-killing Program
An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM

Center for Biological Diversity
April 2015

The county's decision came after the coalition and a local resident sued it last fall for violating state law, requiring a full review of impacts of its Wildlife Services contract.

Around the same time that the USDA's Wildlife Services released its kill data for 2014, California's Mendocino County -- under pressure from the Center and allied groups -- suspended the renewal of its contract with the federal wildlife-killing program. [See Wildlife Services' Death Count Revealed]

The county's decision came after the coalition and a local resident sued it last fall for violating state law, requiring a full review of impacts of its Wildlife Services contract.

In response, the county agreed on Monday to suspend its contract, pending an environmental review that will include looking at nonlethal predator-control methods. Mendocino County's previous $142,000 contract authorized Wildlife Services to kill hundreds of coyotes, bears, bobcats, foxes and other animals in the county without assessing the ecological damage or reviewing less deadly alternatives.


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