Meet Our Director
Introducing Brooks Fahy, a man with one mission—ending America’s tragic and wasteful war on wildlife
Brooks Fahy (right) has been working
with Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) since
1990 to get Congress to investigate
and hold hearings on the barbaric,
unaccountable and inhumane agency
within the USDA misnamed “Wildlife
The earlier years. Brooks (left)
during 1974 rescue of a baby
pygmy sperm whale.
Brooks has devoted his life to
rescuing animals and protecting
wildlife and people from the
barbaric and toxic devices used in
lethal predator control programs.
In 2012 he freed this bobcat,
trapped in a strangling snare
set illegally on private property.
Since co-founding Predator Defense, a national wildlife advocacy nonprofit in Eugene, Oregon in 1990, Brooks Fahy has worked tirelessly to expose America’s ill-advised, hazardous, and tax-dollar-wasting “war on wildlife” to a worldwide audience.
Brooks' work has been recognized by Jane Goodall, who wants millions to see his most recent film, a groundbreaking, whistleblowing feature called "EXPOSED: USDA’s Secret War on Wildlife." Brooks has released over a dozen short films since 2010. Read Jane's testimonial & more
Brooks has also been featured on and served as adviser to Animal Planet, Outdoor Life Network, Fox News, BBC, CNN, TBS, CBS, ABC, and in Men’s Journal, Orion and Harper's Magazine.
From the start Brooks had a passion for hands-on work. He started his first environmental organization when he was just 10 years old, which quickly evolved into rescuing species like sea birds, snakes, alligators, and loggerhead turtles. Too impatient to learn everything sitting in a classroom, he developed his skills working hands-on at zoos, exotic animal sanctuaries, and wildlife hospitals. He was also mentored by several preeminent wildlife ecologists on the complex relationships between predators and prey.
For the last 30 years Brooks’ efforts have been directed at documenting and exposing the dangers wildlife, people and pets face as a result of the USDA Wildlife Services’ lethal methods for “controlling” native predators (e.g., cougars, coyotes, foxes, wolves, bobcats and bears) using poisons, traps and snares. Brooks has spent extensive time investigating Wildlife Services, documenting atrocities while working in the field with former Wildlife Services trappers and law enforcement agencies.
He has also helped individuals and families deal with the legal and emotional aftermath of first-hand exposure, which often includes pet deaths and injuries, danger to family members, and long-term health problems. Predator Defense has documented more of these incidents than any other organization, and has brought the victims’ personal stories to the attention of law enforcement agencies, legislators, and the national media.
Brooks has also run two separate wildlife hospitals set up to rescue, treat and rehabilitate predator species that were trapped, poisoned, injured, or orphaned.
This hands-on experience has given him extraordinary insight; combined with his investigations of Wildlife Services’ renegade behavior, it provides him with a unique view into a secret world the general public rarely sees. Brooks has repeatedly discovered Wildlife Services violating their own directives, state and federal laws and has seen first-hand that their killing of coyotes, wolves and other predators seriously harms ecosystems.
The senseless slaughter of native species, wasted taxpayers funds, and risk to domestic animals and the public makes reform of Wildlife Services Brooks’ top priority.