USDA's 'Wildlife Services' Killed 1.2M Native Animals
According to its own just-released data, in 2019 the multimillion-dollar federal program misleadingly named Wildlife Services killed an astonishing 2.2 million animals, about 1.2 million of which were native species. Among the animals it intentionally killed were 301 gray wolves, 300 mountain lions, 393 black bears and 61,882 adult coyotes (not including pups killed in 251 destroyed dens). The program unintentionally killed more than 2,624 animals, including bears, bobcats, a wolf and mountain lions.
Last year Wildlife Services used even more M-44 cyanide bombs than in 2018, poisoning nearly 8,200 animals. Of those 209 were unintentional victims, including a black bear, dozens of foxes and two dogs.
"I'm sickened by the thought of intelligent and beautiful animals like wolves and mountain lions suffering and dying from poisons and in strangulation snares and cruel leghold traps," said the Center's Collette Adkins. "We're doing everything we can to shut down the Wildlife Services program."