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The Wildlife Services agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently being audited by the USDA Office of the Inspector General. But the killing continues.

Just last week, Wildlife Services sharpshooters killed 23 wolves from a helicopter in a remote area in Idaho.

The killing has to stop. Urge Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to impose a moratorium on Wildlife Services' killing of wolves and other top predators pending the outcome of the ongoing Inspector General's audit.

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Dear Secretary Vilsack,

I respectfully request that you initiate an immediate moratorium on the lethal control of wolves and other top predators by Wildlife Services while the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of the Inspector General performs an audit of Wildlife Services' damage control program.

The damage predator control program, which uses government funds, has demonstrated a serious need for greater oversight and investigation. For example, Wildlife Services, working at the request of the state of Idaho, just conducted a secretive aerial gunning operation by helicopter in the Lolo elk zone which killed 23 wolves. Furthermore, neither Wildlife Services nor the state of Idaho would admit to of this operation, which involved high-powered rifles, until after the killing had been conducted.

Wildlife Services' predator control program has recently been the subject of public scrutiny regarding unprofessional behavior, the deaths of non-target species including an endangered Mexican gray wolf and failure to implement viable and proven non-lethal management alternatives, suggesting that many of the program's practices are inefficient, ineffective, and scientifically unfounded.

Wildlife Services can provide assistance to livestock owners to prevent conflict with predators in the form of proactive and non-lethal wildlife management. USDA's National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) has played an integral role in developing some of these techniques, which have been proven effective. Wildlife Services field agents should be using more of these nonlethal techniques that the NWRC has gone to such lengths to develop. This moratorium would provide an excellent opportunity for field agents to use these tools and help livestock owners learn how to reduce the vulnerability of the livestock, which is a much more sustainable strategy than lethal removal.

The pending audit of Wildlife Services damage control program is a critically important step in providing the necessary guidance and oversight Wildlife Services requires in order to apply an integrated approach to wildlife damage management. I strongly encourage you to initiate a moratorium on Wildlife Services' lethal control of wolves and other predators while USDA Office of the Inspector General completes its audit of Wildlife Services damage control programs.

Thank you for your consideration

Petition Signatures


Oct 20, 2014 STACEE SEVERINO WE ARE ONLY ASKING AT THIS TIME FOR A MORATORIUM WHILE THE USDA OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL COMPLETES IT'S AUDIT OF WILDLIFE SERVICES DAMAGE CONTROL PROGRAMS. IT'S A TEMPORARY "BAND-AID" TO A PERMANENT PROBLEM/CONCERN
Oct 20, 2014 Meghan Trew
Oct 20, 2014 Maggie Gaines
Oct 20, 2014 KATHLEEN MICHAELS
Oct 20, 2014 Connie Vejen
Oct 20, 2014 Amelia Olsen
Oct 20, 2014 liisa mikkelsen
Oct 20, 2014 laura codoñer
Oct 20, 2014 Ingrid Housego
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Oct 20, 2014 D D REDMAN
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Oct 20, 2014 Ivana Paleckova
Oct 20, 2014 melissa skye
Oct 19, 2014 Geniece Medsker
Oct 19, 2014 Rebecca Mills
Oct 19, 2014 Creedance Austin
Oct 19, 2014 Theresa Meade
Oct 19, 2014 MaryAnna Hunt
Oct 19, 2014 Irene Souder-Coyle
Oct 18, 2014 Bianca Coles
Oct 18, 2014 pattie gimour
Oct 18, 2014 Andrea Fleming
Oct 18, 2014 Beate Schoen
Oct 18, 2014 vera sadkovsky
Oct 18, 2014 Gina Freitas
Oct 17, 2014 donna brucci
Oct 17, 2014 Nicola Breen Patrick
Oct 17, 2014 sara taylor
Oct 17, 2014 Linda Wright
Oct 17, 2014 Jawnet Lynch
Oct 17, 2014 Christie Stewart
Oct 16, 2014 tammy michalas We need better management of forests and lethal control is not one of those strategies.Reducing vulnerability of livestock is a far better approach. We need more forwarding thinking leaders to provide the direction and vision needed in these times!!!
Oct 16, 2014 Mary Colin Arndt
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Oct 16, 2014 tracy somers We are fortunate to be human --We must protect our wildlife & all animals We must be HUMANE!!!!!
Oct 16, 2014 Barbara Greenwood
Oct 16, 2014 Nina Røstad
Oct 15, 2014 Taylor Drake
Oct 15, 2014 Maria Figueroa
Oct 15, 2014 Donna Lampkin
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Oct 15, 2014 AMBAR PEREZ
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