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Help Us Stop America's Wolf Slaughter



March 2014
- Over 2,760 wolves have been slaughtered in just five states since partial delisting occurred in 2011. This is truly tragic, but we have all been given a great opportunity to take the government to task for their flawed and biased plan to further remove protections for the gray wolf across the nation.

Last month an independent peer review panel rejected the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's delisting proposal, saying it is not supported by the best available science and would be premature. This means that public comments will again be accepted through Mar. 27, 2014. Register your comment

Last year we put up billboards like the one pictured above near entrances to Yellowstone National Park to greet tourists who come to see wildlife. This year we'd also like to place billboards at strategic locations in Idaho, the biggest wolf-killing state in the Lower 48, but we don't yet have funding to allocate. Meanwhile, Idaho is moving legislation forward to secure a $2 million anti-wolf war chest. Support our billboard campaign | Learn more about the challenges wolves face

Introducing our newest film, "EXPOSED: USDA's Secret War on Wildlife"

 

Dec. 1, 2013 - Watch three former federal agents and a Congressman blow the whistle on Wildlife Services--a barbaric, wasteful and misnamed agency within the USDA--and expose the governmentís secret war on wildlife on the taxpayer's dime in our newest film, EXPOSED.

Wildlife Services has been having their way for almost a century, killing over 100,000 native predators and millions of birds each year, as well as maiming, poisoning, and brutalizing countless pets. They have also seriously harmed more than a few humans. and they apparently think they are going to continue getting away with it.

But with your help, we're not going to let them.

Leaked documents reveal cover-up of animal abuse investigation in USDA's Wildlife Services agency

Case reveals Wildlife Services
employee set his dogs loose on live
coyotes caught in leg traps.

"Final" report withheld from both the public and Congress

June 20, 2013 - This month we learned that—despite a specific request last November by Congressmen Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and John Campbell (R-CA) for the results of the investigation into allegations of animal cruelty by a federal trapper—officials at Wildlife Services withheld their "final" report from the public and Congress.

In fact, they told the Congressmen that the report did not exist. See Tweet from Congressman Campbell

In addition, the leaked documents show that after Wildlife Services exonerated the trapper from any wrongdoing, they started asking questions internally about specific violations he had actually committed.

For several years we've been the driving force behind a nationwide push for a Congressional oversight hearings on Wildlife Services and reform of the agency. We've also been working with Tom Knudson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from the Sacramento Bee, on an in-depth exposé of their out-of-control "predator control" program.

Bobcat Rescued from Illegal Snare

Meet the bobcat we named Freedom and the
man who released him from the strangling
snare, Brooks Fahy, our executive director.



April 4, 2012 - In February we received a call about a bobcat caught in an illegally set strangling snare on private property. We immediately rushed to the location and found an adult male bobcat caught around the torso. He had been trapped for about 12 hours. Read story

Fortunately we got there in time to save his life by restraining him and cutting him free. We were rewarded by his immediate race for freedom, and—amazingly—we caught all this on video. Our footage will be an important tool in bringing about essential trapping reform and we will be sharing it broadly.

Maggie's Death: A Crime

Border collie Maggie pictured on her last Christmas

Read Maggie's story and watch our
video interview
with Maggie's family,
the McCurtains. You'll see the lovely
suburban neighborhood where this
deadly trap was illegally placed by
Wildlife Services. If this could happen
here, it could happen anywhere.

Family's border collie strangled to death in trap near yard

In a pristine suburb of Portland, OR, a family's border collie named Maggie was killed by a deadly trap set in a community common area just 45 feet from their back yard. This is an area where kids play. This trap could have easily injured or killed a child.

No compliant warning signs were posted, nor were instructions for removing the trap or whom to call for help. The trap's placement violated both Oregon state law and the internal directives of Wildlife Services, the
government agency responsible. This crime was committed with the help of your tax dollars.

Read Maggie's story and learn how you can help the family honor Maggie and protect others from similar tragedy.

Celebrating 20 Years!

Photo of Executive Director Brooks Fahy posting flyer

Executive Director Brooks Fahy
posting a poison alert in the field

Saving Native Predators

From our inception two decades ago, our mission has never changed—we exist to protect our nationís maligned predator species from persecution.

Our primary effort has been our fight to dismantle government-sponsored lethal predator control programs. And every year special interest groups ask for more government funding for lethal predator control that use indiscriminate killing methods.

Their war on wildlife knows no bounds. It continues discreetly and routinely bolstered by state wildlife management agencies and the livestock industry, and, unwittingly, by citizens whose tax dollars are misused to kill native wildlife.

The USDA's War on Wildlife

Photo of cougar heads piled up by a tree

Your Tax Dollars at Work

The USDA Wildlife Services predator control program is the only federal program that kills native predators at the request of ranchers and state wildlife management agencies. They use indiscriminate methods that also endanger humans and pets. This program is a primary focus of our legislative work. About USDA Wildlife Services

Wildlife Patient Stories

Photo of deadly M-44 cyanide device by Brooks Fahy

From 1990-1995, Predator Defense operated a wildlife hospital and care center for injured and orphaned predator mammals.

Many native predators, like the baby bobcat orphan at left, were successfully released back into the wild.

Meet some of our patients