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What Did They Know, and When Did They Know It?

 

Dear Guardian,

This is what Lobogate looks like, but we won’t let them whitewash this away.

A federal animal damage control agent apparently killed a Mexican wolf in January and then the agency unsuccessfully attempted to throw out a smokescreen. Please call on Congress to investigate this incident.

“Wildlife Services,” the euphemistically-named, tax-payer funded program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture may have shot a highly-endangered Mexican wolf on January 19, but then apparently tried to conceal the crime. They claimed it was a case of mistaken identity.

Though the agent may become the fall guy, the problem is not just the individuals who have a shoot-first mentality. It’s an attitude that pervades the entire agency culture. The agency also embraces concealment and cruelty in its scorched earth program that kills millions of animals each year.

Remember our records request that netted 700 completely blacked out pages? That’s the same group.

Let your representative know you’ve seen enough of the cover-up and want a full investigation of this deceptive agency.

WildEarth Guardians has learned from credible sources that “Wildlife Services” employees—both its trappers and office administrators—routinely scrub clean evidence that the program kills endangered species.

When a “professional” agent can’t distinguish an exceptionally rare Mexican wolf from a coyote, we believe its time the “Wildlife Services” program should cease its work in the range of Mexican wolves completely.

Ask your Congressperson to investigate this incident and the entire “Wildlife Services” program immediately. It's time “Wildlife Services” employees – both those in the field and in offices – are instructed not to hide the deaths of rare and endangered species.


For the Wild Ones,
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Wendy Keefover

Wendy Keefover
Carnivore Protection Director
WildEarth Guardians
wkeefover@wildearthguardians.org

Mexican Wolf Photo FW Service
photo credit: USFWS

Feds shoot Mexican wolf and try to keep the news underground.

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The Albuquerque Journal reports that the government agent thought he shot a coyote. Now the matter is “under investigation” by law enforcement officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies.

This latest Mexican wolf kill marks the tip of an emerging scandal-ridden program. More and more media reports show this agency likes to hide the blood it spills and the body count it amasses.

Read The Sacramento Bee's The killing agency: Wildlife Services' brutal methods leave a trail of animal death 

Fox News reports Animal torture, abuse called a 'regular practice' within federal wildlife agency

 

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