Activists Devise Successful Strategy to Stop Mass Wildlife Killings
In recent years, the federal government’s role in exterminating millions of wild animals at the behest of ranchers has gone from mostly unknown to highly scrutinized.
News reports and exposés by animal rights groups have blown the cover on the Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, an agency with a stated mission “to resolve wildlife conflicts to allow people and wildlife to coexist.” The death toll, though, is high. In 2014 alone, the agency shot, poisoned, trapped, or snared more than 2.7 million animals, including 61,702 coyotes, 305 mountain lions, 796 bobcats, 22,416 beavers, 1,186 red foxes, and 580 black bears.
The agency does not hold public meetings where citizens can weigh in on the Wildlife Service’s lethal control programs or question the science behind aerial gunning campaigns targeting wolves and coyotes.
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