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Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife

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


Dec 26, 2014 Brittney Walters
Dec 25, 2014 Madeleine Larsson
Dec 24, 2014 Robyn Burgess
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Dec 24, 2014 Christopher Chech
Dec 24, 2014 Diane Tullia
Dec 24, 2014 Veronica DeMuro
Dec 24, 2014 Catarina Pinho
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Dec 24, 2014 Lukas Garcia
Dec 24, 2014 Gabriel Garcia
Dec 24, 2014 Gudrun Garcia
Dec 24, 2014 Zachary Garcia
Dec 23, 2014 Linda Pflugrad
Dec 23, 2014 Sue Ellen Camden-Lee
Dec 23, 2014 Tristan Jacques
Dec 23, 2014 Dora De Roeck
Dec 22, 2014 Catherine Brennecke
Dec 22, 2014 Marta Feio
Dec 22, 2014 Jaroslava Novakova
Dec 22, 2014 Allison Wehrle
Dec 22, 2014 Gilay Oliveira Souza de Azevedo
Dec 22, 2014 Michelle Wells
Dec 22, 2014 Isabelle Arbogast
Dec 22, 2014 Audrey Arbogast
Dec 22, 2014 Amy Breen
Dec 22, 2014 Leisa Baumann
Dec 21, 2014 elisabeth katsnelson-sperkach
Dec 21, 2014 Bonnie Pelton
Dec 21, 2014 Dulcie Camp
Dec 21, 2014 Graziela Machado
Dec 21, 2014 Inger Bådal
Dec 21, 2014 Joce FAROUAULT
Dec 20, 2014 barbara lilly
Dec 20, 2014 amber perry
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Dec 19, 2014 Kathleen Stephens
Dec 19, 2014 Tammy LeMaster
Dec 19, 2014 Sue Hickford
Dec 19, 2014 Alice Neuman
Dec 19, 2014 carole hagen
Dec 19, 2014 rolf andersson
Dec 19, 2014 Dawn Creighton
Dec 19, 2014 (Name not displayed) STOP KILLING WOLFS AND ADER ANIMALS
Dec 18, 2014 Kristy Elam Lindberg
Dec 18, 2014 Tess Dunlap
Dec 18, 2014 Laurie Hardies
Dec 18, 2014 Jeanna Mims Thank you ;)

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