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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


Jul 29, 2014 Bo Rutjes
Jul 29, 2014 sondra ripley
Jul 28, 2014 Ann Larcombe
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Ed Askins
Jul 28, 2014 Teresa Evans
Jul 28, 2014 Tae Mier STOP THE SLAUGHTER
Jul 28, 2014 Kat Apichachaipong
Jul 28, 2014 David Crawford
Jul 28, 2014 Claudia Philippe
Jul 28, 2014 christine georgeff
Jul 28, 2014 Amber Miller Why are we so quick to kill animals that are just trying to survive?
Jul 28, 2014 Jayna Kahler
Jul 28, 2014 S. ROSE
Jul 28, 2014 KATHERINE BOMMARITO
Jul 28, 2014 Geri Allegre
Jul 28, 2014 K Cumpston
Jul 28, 2014 paul sauer
Jul 28, 2014 Macyle Candela
Jul 28, 2014 Nancy Johnson Wildlife services is out of control on this matter. They need a new perspective. Rein them in.
Jul 28, 2014 Carol Boardman
Jul 28, 2014 Darcy Grosjean
Jul 28, 2014 Shirley Cotrotsos
Jul 28, 2014 cindy zimmermann
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Pat Hardin
Jul 28, 2014 Misha Mejia
Jul 27, 2014 AKIKO SAKAGUCHI
Jul 27, 2014 carole sherman
Jul 27, 2014 Wendy Olek
Jul 27, 2014 Cheryl Spink
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2014 Jocelyne FAROUAULT
Jul 27, 2014 Emily Moreno
Jul 27, 2014 Jim Aldrich
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2014 Sara Salvatore
Jul 27, 2014 yvonne lefevre
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2014 Martina Meunier
Jul 27, 2014 Elisabeth Björklund
Jul 27, 2014 Sharon Weidensaul The Mexican Grey Wolf must be saved from extinction. We have lost too many species to the abuse of mankind.
Jul 27, 2014 sylvia bonczyk
Jul 26, 2014 Gavin Lee
Jul 26, 2014 Margarita Solis
Jul 26, 2014 lione r worton
Jul 26, 2014 Cati Patricio
Jul 26, 2014 Jamie Polczynski
Jul 26, 2014 sue peters
Jul 26, 2014 Michael Bakunas

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