WILD THINGS: A film about the war on native carnivores

Many ranchers are rejecting the old practice of killing large carnivores to protect livestock. Instead, they are increasingly using new technology and old methods of animal husbandry to coexist with carnivores.

Native carnivores bring balance to the landscape and keep ecosystems healthy. But they can also be seen as a threat to livestock, and for decades government trappers have killed them in large numbers. The U.S.D.A.'s Wildlife Services program kills tens of thousands of native carnivores annually, often at the demand of the ranching industry. It is a battle against nature that is costly, brutal, and not very effective. Does the battle really need to be fought? Wild Things introduces audiences to progressive ranchers learning to coexist with these animals and features scientists, conservationists and even former Wildlife Services trappers, who believe it is time for a major change in the way we treat our magnificent native carnivores.


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Douglas Smith

Douglas Smith, PhD

Leader of Yellowstone National Park's Gray Wolf Restoration Project

Andrew Anderson

Andrew Anderson

A Montana cattle rancher using non-lethal methods to control predation

Becky Weed

Becky Weed

A Montana sheep rancher using non-lethal methods to control predation

Bill Jensen

Bill Jensen

A sheep rancher in California using non-lethal methods to control predation

Carter Niemeyer

Carter Niemeyer

A former Wildlife Services agent and trapper, now working with 40 ranches in Alberta on non-lethal predator control

Sherrine and Joe Engelhart

Sherrine and Joe Engelhart

Alberta cattle ranchers participating in a large-scale project to control predators non-lethally

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It's time to stop the Wildlife Services agency from brutally killing more than 100,000 wild animals every year with our tax dollars and in our names. Ask USDA Inspector General Phyllis Fong to expose the truth about this rogue agency's wildlife extermination program -- and end its deadly assault on wildlife for good.

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WILD THINGS Screenings and Updates

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 -- Seattle, Washington

Screening and Panel Discussion

Time: 6:30 pm screening followed by panel discussion and Q&A
Sponsors: Natural Resources Defense Council, Conservation Northwest
Location: SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Avenue N, Seattle, Washington 98109
Beer and light snacks will be served.

This event is free and open to the public.
If you plan on attending please RSVP to: biogemsinfo@nrdc.org with the subject heading:
RSVP: Wild Things screening on September 9th
Please include your full name and number of guests who will be attending the screening.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A moderated by NRDC Wildlife Advocate Zack Strong. Panelists will include Carter Niemeyer, author and former USFWS wolf recovery coordinator and Wildlife Services trapper, Jay Kehne, conflict prevention coordinator with Conservation Northwest; and Dr. Aaron Wirsing, professor of wildlife science at the University of Washington.

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