Action Issues

Unmasking the Myth of "Wildlife Management"

Photo with stats on wolves, cougars, other wildlife killed under guise of wildlife management

In reality, wildlife management in America means killing millions of wild animals each year with taxpayer money. The state and federal agencies in charge of managing wildlife use methods that are not only cruel, indiscriminate, and ineffective, they also endanger humans and kill countless pets. We're working to reform these agencies and stop this barbaric and scientifically unsound war against nature. What we need is nothing less than a revolution for wildlife. We're currently working on an exposé of these Killing Agencies that features leading scientists, scholars and activists unmasking the myths. Learn more about the myth of wildlife management in America

Ending America's Wolf Slaughter

Photo of gray wolf by Tracy Brooks


Wolves lost federal protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in April 2011, leaving management up to individual states. The result has been a genocide for wolves in the Lower 48, with over 10,000 since killed. In February 2022 ESA protections were restored in some western states and the Great Lakes Region. But in the Northern Rockies--Idaho, Montana and Wyoming--the carnage continues unabated. Help us stop the slaughter | Speak out today

Stopping the USDA's Brutal and Counter-Productive War on Wildlife

Photo of 11 cougar heads piled up by a tree


Every year a secretive program within the USDA misnamed "Wildlife Services" kills millions of animals under the guise of predator control. Their slaughter includes over 100,000 vital native predators like bears, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, and wolves. Wildlife Services spends millions of your tax dollars on unnecessary aerial gunning, poisoning, shooting, snaring, trapping and bludgeoning—all at the request of ranchers and state wildlife management agencies. In the process they endanger pets and humans, and often increase the very predator populations they are trying to reduce. Watch former federal agents and a Congressman blow the whistle on Wildlife Services in our award-winning film, "EXPOSED: USDA's Secret War on Wildlife." Stopping this brutal, wasteful and counter-productive war on wildlife has been a primary focus of our legislative work for years, and momentum has been building. Learn more


Banning M-44 "Cyanide Bombs"

Photo of lethal M44 cyanide device


Predator Defense has spearheaded efforts for a national ban on M44 devices, indiscriminate methods of predator control which eject lethal sodium cyanide on unsuspecting animals and humans. Not only are M-44s unacceptable for predator control, many pets have been poisoned by them. We continue to work to eliminate this deadly device. Read victim stories



Banning Compound 1080 Poison

Photo of cans of Compound 1080


From its inception, we have fought for a worldwide ban on the deadly poison called Compound 1080. Just one teaspoon could kill 100 people and there is no known antidote. Use of Compound 1080 is literally a national security issue, in addition to being an unacceptable method of predator control. We continue to work to eliminate this horrifying hazard.