2 Million Native Animals Killed by Rogue Wildlife Program in 2013, a 30 Percent Increase Over Previous Year

June 8, 2014 8:39 PM

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2 Million Native Animals Killed by Rogue Wildlife Program in 2013, a 30 Percent Increase Over Previous Year

WASHINGTON— New data from the highly secretive arm of the Agriculture Department known as “Wildlife Services” shows it killed more than 2 million native animals during the past fiscal year, including wolves, coyotes, bears, mountain lions foxes, eagles and other animals deemed pests by powerful agricultural, livestock and other special interests. The increase of almost a half-million animals since fiscal year 2012 represents a 29 percent increase in the program’s killing and ends an overall downward trend since 2008.

Despite mounting pressure for reform, the federal program’s latest kill report includes more than 320 gray wolves and one endangered Mexican wolf, 75,326 coyotes, 419 black bears, 866 bobcats, 528 river otters, 3,706 foxes, three golden eagles and a bald eagle. The program killed 12,186 black-tailed...

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