Leader of Yellowstone National Park's Gray Wolf Restoration Project
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.
WILD THINGS: Cast
Photos by Lisa Whiteman
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A Montana cattle rancher using non-lethal methods to control predation
A Montana sheep rancher using non-lethal methods to control predation
A sheep rancher in California using non-lethal methods to control predation
A former Wildlife Services agent and trapper, now working with 40 ranches in Alberta on non-lethal predator control
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
From Our Blogs
- Groups Ask California's Mendocino & Humboldt Counties to STOP Hiring Wildlife Services to Kill Wildlife
- posted by Elly Pepper, 6/30/14
- Why Is the Wildlife Services Administrator So Proud?
- posted by Elly Pepper, 6/27/14
- Enough "Mistakes." Wildlife Services Should Put an End to Indiscriminate Killing
- posted by Zack Strong, 4/30/14
- Setting the Record Straight: Why Wildlife Services Needs to Be Investigated
- posted by Andrew Wetzler, 4/7/14
- Administration Wants More Money for Wildlife Services But Still Won't Tell Us Where It Goes
- posted by Elly Pepper, 3/11/14