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USDA’s Wildlife Services killed
4 million animals in 2013;
seen as an overstep by some

Washington Post, by Darryl Fears

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Posted By:EagleEye, 6/6/2014 6:29:11 PM

For years, the massive toll of wild animals exterminated by the federal government as a service to everything from airports to ranches has bounced up and down like a yo-yo. Last year it was up again. The more than 4 million animals shot, poisoned, snared and trapped by the Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services in fiscal year 2013 included 75,326 coyotes, 866 bobcats, 528 river otters, 3,700 foxes, 12,186 prairie dogs, 973 red-tailed hawks, 419 black bears and at least three eagles, golden and bald. But while there’s a list of animals killed, there’s little data showing the cause for each killing, the methods used and the reasons behind

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How many abortions did the federal government allow and pay for with our tax money? And, surely, someone tweeted 0bama how many were "late term abortions." No offense, but "our priorities" are very screwed up after seeing this article.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Italiano, 6/6/2014 6:33:27 PM     (No. 9875839)

Yet they´re willing to destroy California agriculture and kill over 25,000 jobs over a stupid fish that nobody´s ever heard of.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: 4Justice, 6/6/2014 6:53:14 PM     (No. 9875855)

OP, I fail to see how you equate this with abortion and then say our priorities are screwed up. I think ANY killing is bad. It makes me sick that they are killing these animals. That has NO bearing on whether or not I think it is sick that the government supports abortion though. These are not mutually exclusive issues.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: southernboy, 6/6/2014 6:53:35 PM     (No. 9875856)

But let one of us “civilians” kill one…the stuff hits the fan!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Jennie C., 6/6/2014 6:59:59 PM     (No. 9875863)

Many of these are pests (coyotes, prairie dogs), but I fail to see the logic behind the hawks and eagles.

And I´m very sad about the river otters, what do they do? Okay, they eat some fish, but c´mon.

I know that Ohio (or the feds in Ohio have killed some black bears. For some reason, they seem to think when a bear strays into an area, it´s going to start hunting people. Black bears don´t do that (grizzlies? another story). Leave their babies alone, and they´ll leave you alone.

I even have blueberries in my front yard. Okay, those are for the birds, I´m in the heart of suburbia ...LOL. We do have coyotes though, and I´m glad our cats stay indoors.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: tivadoc, 6/6/2014 7:06:18 PM     (No. 9875867)

My local township hired DAWS to reduce the white tail deer population in a 238 acre wooded "park". The local herd had reached extreme density and they came at night, not disturbing a soul. All the venison was donated to local food shelters. Many locals wanted a resident bowhunting lottery, but the legal experts said there was too much liability for the township. There are still plenty of deer, but I miss the old 12 pointer that I used to see.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: belwhatter, 6/6/2014 8:34:48 PM     (No. 9875929)

not to mention all the birds executed by wind turbines and boiled to death over solar arrays.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Illinois Mom, 6/6/2014 8:44:02 PM     (No. 9875937)

First ...I love animals and respect and understand controlled culling of deer etc., is necessary at times. Because of all the government "protection" laws my 8 year old grandson has been hiding some Bald Eagle feathers that he found on the ground under their nest. He lives in fear of arrest.

Solar farms, Wind Turbine´s and the USDA seem to be accountable to no one.

This news however may make the IMPORTANT people mad. Let´s see how they square this one.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 6/6/2014 9:13:42 PM     (No. 9875962)

3.5 million would have been Okay but this is OUTRAGEOUS!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: tipover, 6/6/2014 9:43:48 PM     (No. 9875983)

Anyone that has experienced a birdstrike or dropped a wheel in a critter hole during takeoff or landing would be much less tolerant of critters in the wrong place. Since anti-hunters and others have stopped herd reduction w/r deer, elk, bear ect they can be a deadly problem as well. Since local hunting isn´t allowed then professional hunters and trappers are required.

BTW the eagles were probably put down due to injury.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Shelgeyr, 6/6/2014 9:45:43 PM     (No. 9875985)

But let a mere subjec- uh civilian so much as touch the already-dead carcass of an endangered bird, and they risk going to prison.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: harleynyc, 6/6/2014 10:16:08 PM     (No. 9876010)

Chinese take-outs want to know who to bribe to get in on the action.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 6/6/2014 10:52:51 PM     (No. 9876037)

One Bald Eagle is worth more to America than a feral black named, Trayvon Martin.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Trigger2, 6/7/2014 6:06:55 AM     (No. 9876134)

The WaPo forgot to mention the number of wild horses. There´s not that many left now.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: StormCnter, 6/7/2014 6:38:12 AM     (No. 9876150)

Some might be surprised how complicated it can be for ranchers in West Texas to get rid of predators such as coyotes or bobcats. The trapper we are required to use is federally licensed and his services are not cheap. Nor have his services been particularly successful.

#13, it´s best not to romanticize the "wild horses". They are simply descendants of escaped domestic stock and they are a substantial environmental threat to their habitats. Ask any rancher who has had to deal with them.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: bugboy, 6/7/2014 10:06:06 AM     (No. 9876334)

Killing coyotes, bobcats etc. is exactly why we now have a rat problem.

Are people so stupid as to not understand the balance of nature. If you kill all the predators you leave nothing but the vermin that spawn at incredible rates.

This last winter I fought over 30 rats in my garage, why? Because all the coyotes and bobcats are gone.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: bugboy, 6/7/2014 10:30:27 AM     (No. 9876372)

I actually caught them even though it seemed like a fight.

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