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Wildlife Services, the federal wildlife killing agency, must be fundamentally reformed!

End the War on Wildlife

Few Americans realize that as taxpayers we help fund a program called “Wildlife Services,” a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. This ironically named program doesn’t serve wildlife. It wages a clandestine war on America’s wildlife. Every year, the Wildlife Services killing machine poisons, traps, and guns down millions of our nation’s most majestic animals—from imperiled swift foxes to bald eagles—at the request of a minority of ranching and agricultural interests.

Wildlife Services’ policies are not driven by modern scientific evidence that recognizes the crucial role carnivores play in ensuring healthy ecosystems. Instead, they are motivated by archaic prejudices against iconic species like cougars, coyotes, bears, and wolves.

At WildEarth Guardians, we recognize and advocate for native species’ inherent right to exist and thrive. Why? Because it’s their birthright—this is their home and their last refuge. We are working to end Wildlife Services’ trapping, poisoning, and aerial gunning of native species on our public lands and shift the paradigm to coexistence between humans and wildlife.

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What We’re Doing

Native wildlife deserves to exist and thrive in their home, the iconic landscapes of the American West. We are building a groundswell of support to end the cruel and outdated killing methods of Wildlife Services.

Educating the Public

In the past 10 years, Wildlife Services spent more than $1 billion to kill more than 37 million animals. View the atrocious killing statistics and read our War on Wildlife report.

Removing Tools of Cruelty

Stopping poisoning, trapping, snaring, aerial gunning, and the other inhumane practices Wildlife Services employs.

Reforming Wildlife Services

We are holding Wildlife Services accountable and advocating for policy reforms at all levels of government.

Cultivating Coexistence

Ethics and compassion guide us in working toward a model in which people and wildlife coexist.

Make Our Public Lands Cruelty-Free

Tell your elected officials to End the War on Wildlife. Stand with wildlife against the cruel and ecologically destructive practices of the federal wildlife-killing agency, Wildlife Services.

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How You Can Help

Help protect the incredible, vulnerable wildlife of the West! Be a guardian for the wild by joining the conversation, learning about current issues, and making your voice heard. Together, we’re a powerful force for nature.

Wildlife Services: A Killing Machine

In the past 10 years, Wildlife Services spent over $1 billion to kill over 37 million animals. The ironically named “Wildlife Services,” created in 1931, doesn’t serve wildlife—it was created to serve the ranching and agricultural interests of a few.

See the Atrocious Statistics

Read our 2017 Report

Photo Credit: Dick Randall, courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States

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