Environmental Issues: Wildlife
All Documents in Wildlife Tagged Wildlife Services
- Non-Lethal Methods to Prevent Conflicts Between Predators and Livestock
- Every year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services program kills thousands of predators as a taxpayer-funded subsidy to the livestock industry, using controversial and inhumane methods such as poisons and aerial gunning. Wildlife Services largely ignores the many non-lethal ways to prevent conflicts between predators and livestock. In fact, a small, but growing number of ranchers are turning away from Wildlife Services’ “sledgehammer” approach and emphasizing non-lethal conflict-prevention techniques because they recognize that predators are an integral part of the landscapes where they ranch. Get document in pdf.
- Wild Things
- Progressive ranchers are rejecting the old practice of slaughtering large carnivores to protect livestock. Instead, they are using new technology and old methods of animal husbandry to coexist with carnivores.
- Fuzzy Math
Wildlife Services Should Improve Its Economic Analysis of Predator Control
- About 100,000 coyotes, bobcats, foxes, wolves, bears, and mountain lions are killed each year by Wildlife Services, a U.S. Department of Agriculture federal agency. Much of this lethal predator control program is partly justified by economic analyses that are often incomplete, and sometimes incorrect.
- The Ecological Importance of Predators
- Predators have profound effects throughout their ecosystems. Regrettably, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services ignores the positive role that predators play in their surrounding habitat, and has a long history of persecuting predators, considered competitors for game animals and threats to livestock and agriculture. As a result, in many areas,large predators have been eliminated entirely and most of these species now occupy only a fraction of their historical distribution. Get document in pdf.
Documents Tagged Wildlife Services in All Sections
- Stop Predator Poisons from Killing Wildlife and Harming Ecosystems
There's No Place for These Deadly Poisons on American Lands
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services' predator control program uses sodium cyanide and Compound 1080, two deadly and inhumane poisons that are dangerous to people and environmentally destructive. NRDC is urging Wildlife Services to reexamine its predator control practices and end its use of sodium cyanide and Compound 1080.
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