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Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund

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


Aug 1, 2014 Thomas Tataranowicz
Aug 1, 2014 Darcy Grosjean
Aug 1, 2014 paris hatchard
Aug 1, 2014 Melissa Troeller
Aug 1, 2014 Shelley Kent
Aug 1, 2014 Simone Brückmann
Jul 31, 2014 Kat Ehret
Jul 31, 2014 Kate Beaumont
Jul 31, 2014 diane di santo
Jul 31, 2014 Sarah Greene
Jul 31, 2014 flouria vafa
Jul 31, 2014 Carl Morales
Jul 31, 2014 Linda Feitell
Jul 31, 2014 Margita Barcalova
Jul 31, 2014 Patricia Gilpin
Jul 31, 2014 Kaley Bill
Jul 30, 2014 felisha juska
Jul 30, 2014 Judith Charles
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Jul 30, 2014 Lawrence Fustini
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Jul 30, 2014 Teresa Black
Jul 30, 2014 Catharine McEachern
Jul 30, 2014 Roberto Angarita
Jul 30, 2014 Joni Clancy
Jul 30, 2014 Darshanie Ramjit
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Jul 30, 2014 Jacqueline Malone
Jul 30, 2014 Odette Alexandrian
Jul 30, 2014 Colleen Murray
Jul 30, 2014 Deanna Dsouza
Jul 30, 2014 Sara Shoquist
Jul 30, 2014 (Name not displayed) I like wolves, so how about you stop killing them
Jul 30, 2014 apollonia perniceni
Jul 30, 2014 Jean Maher
Jul 30, 2014 Iwona Mas
Jul 29, 2014 Tina Vovk
Jul 29, 2014 Gena Anderson
Jul 29, 2014 Josilene Nascimento
Jul 29, 2014 Sharon Hill
Jul 29, 2014 Emma Kessler
Jul 29, 2014 Darcy Grosjean
Jul 29, 2014 Pamela Presti
Jul 29, 2014 KOral Campbell
Jul 29, 2014 Bo Rutjes
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Jul 28, 2014 Ann Larcombe
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Jul 28, 2014 Ed Askins
Jul 28, 2014 Teresa Evans

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