Victory for Beavers, Other Wildlife in Oregon
Chalk up a win: In response to legal action by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the Trump administration's wildlife-killing program has agreed to stop killing Oregon's beavers, river otters, muskrats and mink.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services also promised to work under the Endangered Species Act to analyze the program's effect on endangered fish like salmon and steelhead. Despite the fact that beavers benefit these fish, in 2016 Wildlife Services killed 400 beavers.
"Wildlife Services' recent commitment is good news for beavers, salmon and everyone who cares about them," said the Center's Collette Adkins. "We'll keep the pressure on Wildlife Services to make sure beavers are protected, not persecuted."
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