View Full Version : USDA’s Wildlife Services killed 4 million animals in 2013

06-09-2014, 09:20 AM
The more than 4 million animals shot, poisoned, snared or trapped by the Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services in fiscal year 2013 included 75,326 coyotes, 866 bobcats, 528 river otters, 3,700 foxes, 12,186 prairie dogs, 973 red-tailed hawks, 419 black bears and at least three eagles, golden and bald.

Though there’s a list of animals killed, there’s little data showing the cause for each killing, the methods used and the reasons behind mistakes that lead to massive kills of animals that aren’t targeted.

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This is horrible. Why is the US government killing so many animals? Are they overstepping their authority?

06-09-2014, 09:52 AM
I agree. These are appalling statistics. It shows that governmental departments can basically do as they wish as far as wildlife is concerned, without the need to justify or explain, and without risk of prosecution.

06-10-2014, 11:02 AM
I agree LPC. The government should protect animals, instead of killing them. This "Wildlife Services" program is out-of-control and needs reforms. It is a shame we spend taxpayer money on it.