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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 25, 2014 dawn mckinney
Oct 25, 2014 Marilyn Leeson-Kay
Oct 25, 2014 Sophie Ståhlberg
Oct 25, 2014 Bodil Mattsson
Oct 25, 2014 Nicole Green
Oct 25, 2014 Debbie Claydon Please stop killing these beautiful animals they are part of our world
Oct 25, 2014 Anette Klang
Oct 25, 2014 Tania Idle Wolves help the environment. Please stop allowing them to be killed. It is cruel and unnecessary.
Oct 25, 2014 julie roedel
Oct 25, 2014 Jeannette Callaway
Oct 25, 2014 Fay Carne
Oct 25, 2014 Sheila Ryan
Oct 25, 2014 Jan Allen
Oct 25, 2014 Carla Crespo
Oct 25, 2014 Deborah Freeman Please stop indiscriminately killing wolves to control population. Most animal populations take care of thinning themselves through disease, being eaten by larger predators, or food shortages. It is called the balance of nature.
Oct 25, 2014 Nathaniel Lynn
Oct 25, 2014 Ayse Nur Sulus
Oct 25, 2014 Laurence Penot
Oct 25, 2014 Jana Padrova
Oct 25, 2014 angela gottschalk
Oct 25, 2014 Margaret Wheeler
Oct 25, 2014 dominique manzo
Oct 25, 2014 Sharyn Smith This is sickening,. I supported Obama (twice) and now this. Listen to the people who you owe your jobs too not the destroyers who want to kill wolves. They are different voters.
Oct 25, 2014 alex lester
Oct 25, 2014 Betina Andersen
Oct 25, 2014 Holly Trevor
Oct 25, 2014 Haydée Pisa
Oct 25, 2014 Darren Wilmer
Oct 25, 2014 João Reis
Oct 25, 2014 Diana Alfonso
Oct 25, 2014 Julie Ng
Oct 25, 2014 Anita Thorelli
Oct 25, 2014 Anna Mcknight
Oct 25, 2014 Annemarie Shao
Oct 25, 2014 David Lee
Oct 25, 2014 Frederick Mitchell
Oct 25, 2014 DEBORAH CORONA
Oct 25, 2014 Fiona Pereira
Oct 25, 2014 Alison Upton
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Oct 25, 2014 caroline barnett
Oct 25, 2014 cristiane masutti
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Oct 25, 2014 Marion Schleusner
Oct 25, 2014 Saskia Bakker
Oct 25, 2014 Erik Bergh
Oct 25, 2014 Lesley Sirimane Wolves play and always have played an important role on this planet. Will mankind never learn that all species have a right to life.
Oct 25, 2014 fallia afentoglou
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Oct 25, 2014 Barbara Quick

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