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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

Sep 21, 2014 Mary Koski
Sep 21, 2014 Christine Salido
Sep 21, 2014 Connie Stowell I'm an Animal Advocate! We keep moving in on our Wildlife, have Compassion on Them and Stop Killing!!
Sep 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 21, 2014 Leslie Richardson
Sep 21, 2014 Peter Ozzimo Jr
Sep 21, 2014 Tracy Redmon-Emery
Sep 21, 2014 (Name not displayed) Help !
Sep 20, 2014 Stacie Miller
Sep 20, 2014 kaitlyn odonnell
Sep 20, 2014 Cindy Grove
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Nicole O'Brien
Sep 19, 2014 camunas Camunas Enough already!! Wolves are a precious asset to wildlife.
Sep 19, 2014 Deborah Goodrich I have been fighting for the right of wolves to live in this country for 20 years. When is anyone going to wake up!!!
Sep 19, 2014 Juanita Leone
Sep 19, 2014 Robin M
Sep 19, 2014 rosalind lindsey
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Shawnea Malin
Sep 19, 2014 Ashton Brown This is madness, appears to be just another case of 2014 anti-science In Action. Endangered to near-extinction, now you authorize the robotic killing via helicopter, of an already endangered species. Who ARE You? in possession of this power to destroy.
Sep 19, 2014 Kyriaki Plastira
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 pany constantinou
Sep 19, 2014 Dona Anderson
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Clare Stoddern So sad this still goes on
Sep 19, 2014 Heather Voss
Sep 19, 2014 Elaine Calcutt LeClair
Sep 18, 2014 Meghan Soukup
Sep 18, 2014 Jennifer Adkins
Sep 18, 2014 Andrea Russell
Sep 18, 2014 Maria Vicareo
Sep 18, 2014 Elizabeth Rocco
Sep 18, 2014 Taylor McKern
Sep 18, 2014 letizia balsamo
Sep 18, 2014 jan fogel
Sep 18, 2014 Mike Korn
Sep 18, 2014 Blooma Sun
Sep 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2014 Eva Leutenegger
Sep 17, 2014 Jeanette M.
Sep 17, 2014 Cindy Funk
Sep 17, 2014 Linda Scott
Sep 17, 2014 Michelle Christopher
Sep 17, 2014 Janie Carabello
Sep 17, 2014 sherri pickett
Sep 17, 2014 Renee Risser There is no reason to be killing the wolves. They have no recovered and will never recover if the killings continue and the USDA turns a blind eye to the truth.
Sep 17, 2014 Keri Lewis
Sep 17, 2014 judy astarita

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