USDA’s Wildlife Services Has Killed Over 50,000 Harmless Animals (Including Bald Eagles)

Fair to say there is a serious problem within government when it accidentally kills a symbol of its country…? Disturbing report from Tom Knudson in the Sacramento Bee:

…in most cases, they have officially revealed little or no detail about where the creatures were killed, or why. But a Bee investigation has found the agency’s practices to be indiscriminate, at odds with science, inhumane and sometimes illegal.

The Bee’s findings include:

• With steel traps, wire snares and poison, agency employees have accidentally killed more than 50,000 animals since 2000 that were not problems, including federally protected golden and bald eagles; more than 1,100 dogs, including family pets; and several species considered rare or imperiled by wildlife biologists.

• Since 1987, at least 18 employees and several members of the public have been exposed to cyanide when they triggered spring-loaded cartridges laced with poison meant to kill coyotes. They survived – but 10 people have died and many others have been injured in crashes during agency aerial gunning operations over the same time period.

• A growing body of science has found the agency’s war against predators, waged to protect livestock and big game, is altering ecosystems in ways that diminish fbiodiversity, degrade habitat and invite disease.

Sometimes wild animals must be destroyed – from bears that ransack mountain cabins to geese swirling over an airport runway. But because lethal control stirs strong emotions, Wildlife Services prefers to operate in the shadows.

Read more: Sacramento Bee

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7 Responses to USDA’s Wildlife Services Has Killed Over 50,000 Harmless Animals (Including Bald Eagles)

  1. Liam_McGonagle May 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    “Eagle” is “aguila” in Spanish, which is close enough to “Al Awlaki” for me.  I fail to see how anyone other than terrorist-loving scum can have a problem with this.

    • Apathesis May 2, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

       I’m confused.  Only terrorist-loving scum would be upset about Wildlife Services’ behavior?

      • Anarchy Pony May 2, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

        Liam is doing a parody of idiots that make Bizarre fake connections to create a guilt by association situation, linking people that care about the environment to terrorists.

        • Apathesis May 3, 2012 at 7:06 am #

          Okay, that’s what I was thinking.  Thanks.

    • Redacted May 3, 2012 at 2:33 am #

      Oddly, Latin for Eagle is Aquilla. Its impossible that there is any connection though.

  2. Scruffy May 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    lol Canadian poachers kill tons of bald eagles. It’s what you get for eating our geese… Our geese poop a lot and their poop’s big so I don’t mind.

  3. GoodDoktorBad May 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    But they mean well………

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