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

Take Action Now!

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.

Stop the Senseless Killing of Wildlife!

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WILD THINGS Screenings and Updates

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 -- Corvallis, Oregon

Double Feature Screening of 'Wild Things' and 'Exposed: USDA's Secret War on Wildlife' and panel Discussion

Time: 7:30 pm (screenings followed by panel discussion and Q&A)
Sponsors: Natural Resources Defense Council, Predator Defense, Oregon Wild, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition – Natural Areas Action Team, Oak Creek Neighborhood Coalition
Location: Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd Street (above New Morning Bakery), Corvallis, OR, 97333
This event is free and open to the public.

For questions please contact: Cassandra Robertson, cassandra@cassandrarobertson.com
Panelists include Brooks Fahy, Executive Director of Predator Defense, Dr. Robert Beschta, Professor Emeritus at Oregon State University, and John Neumeister, proprietor of Cattail Creek Lamb, who has had great success using dogs for predator control.

Friday, April 25th -- Green Shorts Film Festival -- Santa Barbara, California

Time: 6:30 pm
Sponsors: Film Skillet, Film Positive, Samy's Camera
Location: Arlington Theatre, 1317 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Tickets can be purchased at Arlington Theatre ticketmaster
Screening tickets: $5 | After party: $10

For inquiries please contact Kandie Koed, kandie@filmskillet.com

Wednesday, April 30 -- Bozeman, Montana Screening & Panel Discussion

Time: 7:30 pm (screening followed by panel discussion and Q&A)
Sponsors: Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and Gallatin Wildlife Association
Location: Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture Crawford Theater, 111 South Grand Avenue. Bozeman, MT 59715
This event is free and open to the public.

The panel will be introduced by Zack Strong (Wildlife Advocate, NRDC), who will also moderate a discussion and Q&A following the screening. The panelists will include: film participant Doug Smith, PhD, Senior Wolf Biologist for Yellowstone National Park; film participant Becky Weed, sheep rancher and owner and operator of the local, organic, predator friendly Thirteen Mile Lamb & Wool Company; and John Shivik, PhD, former Wildlife Services researcher and Mammal Program Coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

For questions please contact: Allison Segal, asegal@nrdc.org, 406-556-9300.

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