05 December 2013 Audit of Wildlife Services to be Conducted in 2014 Posted by: Charlotte Conley | 6 comments | Share: Success! You asked for it and you got it! Thanks to over 73,000 of you (and a few Congressional requests) the United States Department of Agriculture’s Inspector General has confirmed that they would be undertaking an audit of Wildlife Services’ Predator Control program in 2014. The audit will likely include goals such as: Determine if APHIS Wildlife Services predator control activities are justified and effective Determine if processes to ensure transparency over predatory activities are adequate Examine controls over cooperator agreements Assess equity of shared costs between cooperators These topics are just what we asked for and exactly what needs investigating. Wildlife Services quietly spends tens of millions of taxpayer dollars eliminating over 100,000 native carnivores, including hundreds of wolves, each year. This ‘hit-man for hire’ arm of the USDA gets away with operating like a private contractor while taxpayers like you and me foot the bill. There is plenty of evidence suggesting lethal control is not the most effective solution in every situation, and significant success with non-lethal coexistence, yet Wildlife Services does not have to justify what type of management they choose, or even prove they tried non-lethal management first. This is a step in the right direction and we look forward to the results of the audit which will hopefully illuminate and lead to reform of some of Wildlife Services’ practices. Charlotte Conley, Conservation Associate 6 Responses to “Audit of Wildlife Services to be Conducted in 2014” LuAnn MacMahon December 5th, 2013 Well this is wonderful! I do hope that the auditors are reputable, and that the reports are beneficial to the preservation of one of america’s most beautiful and important animals. Thank you all! Randy Haugen December 5th, 2013 Thank you and keep in mind the Wolf and other species are Our resources and We Must preserve them. Linda Seidel December 6th, 2013 Who is doing this “audit”? How for we find out? Wendy Sells December 7th, 2013 with all of the Wolfs we all should all protect all of the wild animals like the Wolfs and the Mountain lion and as well as the underwater mammals like the Humpback Whales and the seals and other wild animals as well from Wendy Sells Wendy Sells December 7th, 2013 I(WENDY SELLS) love all of the wild animals like the wolfs and the underwater mammals like the Humpback Whales as well as the wild animals like the wild American eagles and the golden eagles as well and we also need to protect our American eagles as well as the golden eagles at the same time because the American eagles are our presidents national bird as well as the golden eagle as well from Wendy Sells Pia Thurland December 13th, 2013 All wildlife need alot of help and protection from so many people who want to kill them! Especially the wolves……they need alot of help……..it hurts to think of all the wolves that are being trapped, and suffer a slow death….and other wolves who are being killed on sight……and now somewhere they’re having a competition who can kill the biggest wolf?……it’s so disgusting…….please keep fighting for the wildlife……thank you. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?