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July 26, 2012

Humanely Solving Problems with Wildlife

Raccoon with baby

At The HSUS, we are about protecting all animals, and that includes wildlife. So much of our work is about problem-solving. We have three wildlife rehabilitation centers, including the nation’s largest one in south Florida. In the Washington, D.C. area, we have a program called Humane Wildlife Services, and our staff work with homeowners to resolve conflicts they have with small critters. Here’s an amazing little video about one success story with a raccoon mother and her babies. 

This is how we want wildlife services programs to evolve―toward compassionate treatment and away from reckless and often thoughtless killing programs. Recently, the city of Davis, Calif., dumped USDA’s Wildlife Services program for some of its city control programs because the agency relies mainly on trapping, poisoning, and other methods of killing to resolve conflicts. The pointless killing of a coyote family at a local golf course brought the problem to light, and the city is now working with Project Coyote on a non-lethal management plan. "We are contracting with a group [USDA’s Wildlife Services],” Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza told the Sacramento Bee. “We are paying them money, and they don't begin to share our values remotely.”

 

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