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
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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
Saturday, March 22, 2014 -- EcoFocus Film Festival
234 West Hancock Avenue, Athens, GA 30601
This event is free and open to the public. Please arrive early to guarantee your spot.
Wednesday, April 2 -- Portland, Oregon Screening & Panel Discussion
Time: 7:30 pm (screening followed by panel discussion and Q&A)
Sponsors: Natural Resources Defense Council and Oregon Wild
Location: Hollywood Theatre
4122 NE Sandy Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97212
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required but you may RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on attending.
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: Brooks Fahy, Executive Director of Predator Defense, and Cristina Eisenberg, PhD, author and professor of ecology at Oregon State University, both featured in the film.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 -- Oregon Screening & Post-Film Speakers
Time: 6:30 pm (screening)
Sponsors: Natural Resources Defense Council, Western Environmental Law Center, Mary's Peak Chapter of the Sierra Club, Salem Public Library and Laurel Hines, animal activist.
Location: Loucks Auditorium, Salem Public Library
585 Liberty St. SE, Salem, OR 97301
This event is free and open to the public.
John Mellgren is an attorney with Western Environmental Law Center in Eugene, Oregon, where he litigates to protect and preserve forests, rivers, wildlife habitat and wilderness areas.
Dr. Robert Beschta is a Professor Emeritus at Oregon State University, who has been involved in studies on the effect of native carnivores on ecosystems, and recently co-authored an important article in the journal, Science, about devastating effects on ecosystems around the world from declines in top predators.
From Our Blogs
- The Federal Government is Killing 227 Coyotes a Day
- posted by Melissa Waage, 1/27/14
- Wildlife Services: Leaked Audit Shows Fiscal Confusion
- posted by Melissa Waage, 1/6/14
- EXPOSED: New Documentary Blows Whistle on Wildlife Services' Misdeeds
- posted by Melissa Waage, 1/2/14
- BREAKING: USDA Inspector General to Audit Wildlife Services
- posted by Andrew Wetzler, 12/4/13
- Will Sonoma County say "no" to Wildlife Services?
- posted by Melissa Waage, 9/30/13