Officials in Shasta County, California, have announced that the county will be ending its contract with federal wildlife-killing agency Wildlife Services. The announcement comes after advocacy by Guardians and many allies.
Shasta County’s previous contract with Wildlife Services authorized the program to kill hundreds of bears and coyotes, as well as thousands of birds, muskrats, and other animals in the county every year. Over the past two years, Wildlife Services killed 72,385 animals in Shasta County, including non-target species like domestic dogs.
We hope Shasta will stick to nonlethal alternatives to address conflicts with wildlife, instead of spending residents’ tax dollars on trapping, poisoning, and shooting innocent animals.
Read the press release.