22 May 2012 Calls for Wildlife Services Reform Gains Momentum Posted by: Defenders of Wildlife | Leave a comment | Share: Help Change the Kill-First Culture at Wildlife ServicesA couple of weeks ago, we linked to a Sacramento Bees series about Wildlife Services, the federal agency responsible for killing millions of animals over the last decade. The articles showed how the agency uses a kill-first mentality when it comes to managing wildlife conflicts, resulting in significant numbers of accidental animal deaths—including family pets and endangered species like golden eagles—and imbalances in predator-prey numbers that could have serious environmental consequences over the long term. We then put out an action alert to urge Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to reform Wildlife Services from the federal government’s top wildlife killers to a program that can truly resolve wildlife conflicts. And nearly 55,000 Defenders supporters responded! Now the Sacramento Bee is reporting that two Congressman have called for an investigation by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee into the agency’s activities. It’s clear the movement to reform Wildlife Services is gaining momentum and you can help keep it going! Your donation will help Defenders: Continue to expose Wildlife Services’ “kill-first” mentality through media outreach, public education and grassroots mobilization; Pressure federal officials to reform Wildlife Services into a program that can effectively prevent and address wildlife conflicts by emphasizing non-lethal methods; Expand our pioneering on-the-ground coexistence work with ranchers to keep wolves and other predators out of harm’s way; and Much more to protect our wildlife and wild places. Please donate now to support our work to reform Wildlife Services from a program that relies on killing to one that can more effectively resolve wildlife conflicts using proven non-lethal tools. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Valuing our natural heritage: The Green Investments 2015 Budget The environmental community recently released its Green Investments 2015 Budget, a proposal for Congress to invest in our lands and wildlife and put a halt to harmful cuts that hurt both our environment and our economy. Last Week to Submit Your Photos! Defenders 5th annual photo contest is now in it’s final week, but you still have time to submit your best wildlife and wild lands photos for a chance to win a trip to Yellowstone National Park with renowned wildlife photographer Jess Lee! Failing Report Card on Federal Efforts to Conserve Sage-grouse Analyzing the federal plans for sage-grouse conservation, our experts find some serious problems for this iconic and already imperiled bird.