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ARTICLE from the Spring 2009 Issue

USDA Kills Elvis The Goose

Ferry workers in Washington were upset when Elvis was shot by the USDA – Wildlife Services.

A Canada goose named Elvis who had been hanging around a ferry terminal in Washington was shot to death in full view of his friends and admirers by USDA. I really feel those two men owe us an apology said a worker there. They were really cruel in the way they just shoved him in a bag and walked away. The Ferry workers were told he would be relocated by the USDA. When an employee asked the agent who was going to relocate him what his condition was, he coolly replied, “He looks like he’s dead to me.”

Keep in mind that the USDA doesn’t just inspect animal food

The USDA-Wildlife Services is the largest contract killing agency in the country. Basically they are exterminators of magnificent wildlife from the aerial killing of wolves to the “culling” of Canada geese. One needs only to get on their mailing list to receive weekly letters of their latest dastardly deeds to be.
For example, one dated April 28, 2009 starts:

On May 14, 2008, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Wildlife Services (WS) signed a Decision and issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Environmental Assessment (EA). “Management of Wolf Conflicts and Depredating Wolves in Wisconsin”. The EA analyzed alternatives for a cooperative wolf conflict reduction program proposed for use after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFS) removed wolves from the Federal list of Threatened and Endangered (T&E) species. WS, USDA-Forest Service, Chequamagon-Nicolet Forest and Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources (WDNR) were cooperating agencies during the development of the EA.

The agencies suspended the EA and Decision/FONSI on Sept. 29, 2008 when the US District Court of the District of Columbia restored endangered species status to Wisconsin wolves. The UFWS has published a new final rule removing wolves in the Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment from the Federal list of T&E species which will go into effect on May 4, 2009. At that time, WS, the Forest Service and WDNR will resume wolf damage and conflict management in accordance with the May 14, 2008 EA and Decision/FONSI.

Also, check this excellent article to read everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Wildlife Services: www.missoulanews.com/index.cfm?do=article.details&id=02D10CE0-2BF4-55D0-F1F38BEF59860558

In a previous mailing at the beginning of April, they write in part, “Based on our review [their own review of their impact] there continues to be no indications that WS’ activities are having a significant impact, individually or cumulatively, on the quality of the human environment. [What they mean by that is a mystery. Certainly, by killing wildlife loved by all, by destroying ecosystems, by upsetting most people who care about wildlife, they are having an impact.]

Check out this hideous agency by going to www.aphis.usda.gov/wildlife_damage .

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