Date: April 30th, 2012

Today's Sacramento Bee has the second of Tom Knudson's three part series with more sickening information about the USDA's 'Wildlife Services" branch, brought to you by your tax dollars. This one is titled, "Wildlife Services' deadly force opens Pandora's box of environmental problems."

We read:
"Sift through the numbers and you find that about 560,000 predators were killed across America from 2006 to 2011, an average of 256 a day.

"The body count includes more than 25,000 red and gray foxes, 10,700 bobcats, 2,800 black bears, 2,300 timber wolves and 2,100 mountain lions. But the vast majority – about 512,500 – were coyotes....

"Aerial gunning is the agency's most popular predator-killing tool. Since 2001, more than 340,000 coyotes have been gunned down from planes and helicopters across 16 Western states, including California – an average of 600 a week, agency records show....

"'Some of the gunners are real good and kill coyotes every time. And other ones wound more than they kill,' Strader said. 'Who wants to see an animal get crippled and run around with its leg blown off? I saw that a lot.'"

As the title suggests, this piece focuses on the unexpected consequences of killing off predator populations -- such as the rise of deadly diseases carried by rodents that the coyotes would have controlled.

You'll find it on line at http://tinyurl.com/6unjlx3

Please read it, share it, comment below it, thank Tom Knudson for it at tknudson@sacbee.com, and send a letter to the editor (one way for legislators to learn how the public feels) at http://tinyurl.com/7uhq8mo

Yours and the animals',
Karen Dawn

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