"EXPOSED" Wins Award for Best Wildlife Activism Film
September 2014 - We're thrilled to announce our film EXPOSED won the award for Best Wildlife Activism at the 2014 New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, the premier wildlife film festival in North America. It was featured in the festival on October 19. In EXPOSED you will see three former federal agents and a Congressman blow the whistle on Wildlife Services--a barbaric, wasteful and misnamed agency within the USDA--and expose the government’s secret war on wildlife on the taxpayer's dime.
- View festival schedule
- Meet the whistle-blowers
- Read rave reviews of EXPOSED from prominent movers and shakers
- Donate in support of our work to screen EXPOSED across the nation and stop America's war on wildlife
Let's End Wildlife Killing Contests
Wildlife killing contests are an atrocity. We strongly support efforts to end them across the country, particularly some impressive work being done by Elisabeth and Guy Dicharry, who are based in Los Lunas, New Mexico. They spearheaded a local “Stop Coyote Killing Contests" effort that has now expanded nationally. Learn more
Help Us Stop America's Wolf Slaughter
Over 2,800 wolves have been slaughtered in just five states since partial delisting occurred in 2011. This is truly tragic, and we have been taking the government to task for their flawed and biased plan to further remove protections for the gray wolf across the nation.
We are not alone in our thinking. In February an independent peer review panel rejected the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's delisting proposal, saying it is not supported by the best available science and would be premature.
Last year we put up billboards like the one pictured above near entrances to Yellowstone National Park to greet tourists who come to see wildlife. This year we'd also like to place billboards at strategic locations in Idaho, the biggest wolf-killing state in the Lower 48, but so far we've only received funding for one. Meanwhile, Idaho is moving legislation forward to secure a $2 million anti-wolf war chest.
Leaked documents reveal cover-up of animal abuse investigation in USDA's Wildlife Services agency
"Final" report withheld from both the public and Congress
June 20, 2013 - This month we learned that—despite a specific request last November by Congressmen Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and John Campbell (R-CA) for the results of the investigation into allegations of animal cruelty by a federal trapper—officials at Wildlife Services withheld their "final" report from the public and Congress.
In fact, they told the Congressmen that the report did not exist. See Tweet from Congressman Campbell
In addition, the leaked documents show that after Wildlife Services exonerated the trapper from any wrongdoing, they started asking questions internally about specific violations he had actually committed.
For several years we've been the driving force behind a nationwide push for a Congressional oversight hearings on Wildlife Services and reform of the agency. We've also been working with Tom Knudson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from the Sacramento Bee, on an in-depth exposé of their out-of-control "predator control" program.
- Read about the USDA's war on wildlife
- Read letter from Congressmen asking Inspector General to make audit of Wildlife Services a top priority
- See the Sac Bee's full investigative series
Bobcat Rescued from Illegal Snare
In the course of our work we often receive calls about animals caught in traps. In 2012 we received a call about a bobcat caught in an illegally set strangling snare on private property. We immediately rushed to the location and found an adult male bobcat caught around the torso. He had been trapped for about 12 hours.
Fortunately we got there in time to save his life by restraining him and cutting him free. We were rewarded by his immediate race for freedom, and—amazingly—we caught all this on video. Our footage will be an important tool in bringing about essential trapping reform and we will be sharing it broadly.
- Read full story of bobcat's dramatic rescue
- Watch rescue video Part 1 | Part 2
- Learn how you can help us bring about nationwide trapping reform
Maggie's Death: A Crime
Read Maggie's story and watch our
video interview with Maggie's family,
the McCurtains. You'll see the lovely
suburban neighborhood where this
deadly trap was illegally placed by
Wildlife Services. If this could happen
here, it could happen anywhere.
Family's border collie strangled to death in trap near yard
In a pristine suburb of Portland, OR, a family's border collie named Maggie was killed by a deadly trap set in a community common area just 45 feet from their back yard. This is an area where kids play. This trap could have easily injured or killed a child.
No compliant warning signs were posted, nor were instructions for removing the trap or whom to call for help. The trap's placement violated
both Oregon state law and the internal
directives of Wildlife Services, the
government agency responsible. This crime was committed with the help of your tax dollars.
Celebrating Over 20 Years
Saving Native Predators
Since our inception in 1990 our mission has never changed—we exist to protect our nation’s maligned predator species from persecution.
Our primary effort has been our fight to dismantle government-sponsored lethal predator control programs. And every year special interest groups ask for more government funding for lethal predator control that use indiscriminate killing methods.
Their war on wildlife knows no bounds. It continues discreetly and routinely bolstered by state wildlife management agencies and the livestock industry, and, unwittingly, by citizens whose tax dollars are misused to kill native wildlife.
- The importance of predators
- Our work | Photo gallery
- Meet some of our supporters and read their testimonials
- 2009 20th anniversary message from our director
- 2013 year-end report
The USDA's War on Wildlife
Your Tax Dollars at Work
The USDA Wildlife Services predator control program is the only federal program that kills native predators at the request of ranchers and state wildlife management agencies. They use indiscriminate methods that also endanger humans and pets. This program is a primary focus of our legislative work. About USDA Wildlife Services
Wildlife Patient Stories
From 1990-1995, Predator Defense operated a wildlife hospital and care center for injured and orphaned predator mammals.
Many native predators, like the baby bobcat orphan at left, were successfully released back into the wild.