After almost a century of waging a stealth war on predators and other wildlife across the country light is finally being shed on an organization that is deceptively named “Wildlife Services.” Wildlife Services is an arm of the United States Department of Agriculture and are essentially used as assassins to kill wildlife who are targeted often just for existing. This is the agency that is responsible for killing 3,752,362 animals in 2011 on your tax dime. Out of this number huge numbers of pets and “non-targeted” animals have also been killed by this secretive agency. To carry out their wildlife assassinations Wildlife Services uses methods ranging from all types of traps, aerial killing from planes and helicopters, and amazingly through booby traps filled with lethal poisons like cyanide.
After many years of stealth activity and their refusal to provide information about their activities, investigative reporter Todd Knudson, of the Sacramento Bee, has published the first two parts of a three part series exposing this nefarious agency. The articles are outstanding and pull no punches exposing what activities this deplorable agency of our government takes part in.