Wildlife Services' Death Count Revealed
An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM

Center for Biological Diversity
April 2015

[NOTE: See California's Mendocino County Suspends Contract With Wildlife-killing Program]

America's deadliest government program, Wildlife Services, just released its latest kill tally. In 2014 their guns, traps and poisons snuffed out 2.7 million animals. Their slaughter included 322 gray wolves; 61,702 coyotes; 580 black bears; 305 mountain lions; 796 bobcats; 454 river otters; 2,930 foxes; 1,330 hawks and 22,496 beavers. The program also killed 15,698 black-tailed prairie dogs and destroyed 33,309 of their dens.

Wildlife Services insists on keeping their killing methods secret, but the awful truth has been leaking out. Many of the animals they wiped out were "unintentional" -- resulting from their reckless use of cruel traps and cyanide land mines that kill indiscriminately. They admit to killing 990 dogs and cats, but as one whistleblowing employee put it, "We were actually told not to report dogs we killed because it would have a detrimental effect on us."

America's deadliest government program, Wildlife Services, just released its latest kill tally. In 2014 their guns, traps and poisons snuffed out 2.7 million animals.

Their slaughter included 322 gray wolves; 61,702 coyotes; 580 black bears; 305 mountain lions; 796 bobcats; 454 river otters; 2,930 foxes; 1,330 hawks and 22,496 beavers. The program also killed 15,698 black-tailed prairie dogs and destroyed 33,309 of their dens.

Making a donation to the Stop Wildlife Services Fund is the most powerful thing you can do today to protect wildlife in the crosshairs of this rogue killing agency.

Wildlife Services insists on keeping their killing methods secret, but the awful truth has been leaking out. Many of the animals they wiped out were "unintentional" -- resulting from their reckless use of cruel traps and cyanide land mines that kill indiscriminately. They admit to killing 990 dogs and cats, but as one whistleblowing employee put it, "We were actually told not to report dogs we killed because it would have a detrimental effect on us."

This cruel program is out of control, but the Center is working to end its operations state by state. With the help of our members and allies, yesterday we ended Wildlife Services' contract in Mendocino -- the California county whose old-growth forests have been the sight of thousands of Wildlife Services killings.

And now we've just filed suit in Idaho, one of Wildlife Services' key killing states. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has funneled thousands of taxpayer dollars to the agency to liquidate wolves, putting other imperiled species like lynx and wolverines at threat from even more "unintentional" killing. This is a critical opportunity to make a difference in the fight to protect wildlife.

We know we can put an end to the slaughter but we'll need your help. Taking on an entrenched, shadowy government agency won't be easy but we know you're as committed as we are to protecting wildlife and wild places.


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