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Coexisting with wildlife – our vision of a cruelty-free future

Cultivating Coexistence

Every native species plays an important role in keeping ecosystems healthy and thriving. Iconic species such as black bears, gray wolves, and bald eagles are among the most famous ambassadors of the natural world, but bees, frogs, beavers, fishes, owls, and indeed all species are no less essential to thriving ecosystems. For our sake and theirs, we need to nurture these wild communities, not destroy them.

Unfortunately, when it comes to wildlife management, destruction is often the strategy federal and state governments deploy. Under the guise of “wildlife management,” they sanction all sorts of barbaric practices to kill animals. Some kill for fur, some in a misinformed attempt to eliminate perceived threats to livestock and, sadly, some kill for no other reason than a twisted sense of “fun”.

We envision a day when native carnivores like coyotes, wolves, pumas, and bears thrive in robust, ecologically functional populations amid vibrant ecosystems. We envision a future in which people coexist with and appreciate these majestic creatures, and in which every decision individuals and institutions make reflects an abiding respect for our interdependence and the need for natural systems. To fulfill that vision, we must shift to a model of non-lethal management and coexistence.

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Non-lethal Management

Wildlife Services slaughters animals at the behest of private agricultural and ranching industries, members of which are wrongly convinced that killing carnivores will somehow benefit their sheep and cows. This “kill first” approach is not only morally repugnant, but also scientifically baseless. The millions of taxpayer dollars poured into Wildlife Services’ killing program would be much better spent on effective non-lethal coexistence methods or other public goods and services.

Non-lethal management entails abandoning cruel poisons, traps, and weapons in favor of practices that allow carnivores to live. These practices are more affordable and effective than lethal management methods. To learn more about non-lethal wildlife management, read Creating Coexistence Plans. For information about non-lethal management of Prairie Dogs, click here.

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

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

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