USA: Project Coyote’s make a presentation to the Mendocino Board of Supervisors about alternatives to traditional predator management.



Published on May 26, 2015

Camilla Fox and Keli Hendricks of Project Coyote give a presentation on non-lethal predator management to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors.

Presentation is followed by public comment on the issue.

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Dear Mark,

I wrote to you on May 5th as Project Coyote’s Predator Friendly Ranching Coordinator Keli Hendricks and I were headed North to make a presentation to the Mendocino Board of Supervisors about alternatives to traditional predator management as carried out by the USDA Wildlife Services program. This presentation was part of a settlement agreement of a lawsuit we filed with allies against Mendocino County. In that precedent setting suit we argued that the county was in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for failing to adequately analyze the impacts of the Wildlife Services program on the environment and wildlife. As part of the settlement agreement, non-lethal alternatives must be considered and I represented our coalition in presenting those alternatives.

You can watch our presentation before the Mendocino Board of Supervisors below and read more about it here and listen to a KMUD News radio piece about it here.

Watch Camilla’s full presentation by clicking here:

We are using all the tools available to expose the unconscionable carnage wrought by USDA Wildlife Services – and to help communities move from killing to coexistence. Read this front-page feature story in this past Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle here– and a follow-up Opinion Editorial written by Project Coyote Advisory Board member Peter Coyote in yesterday’s Chronicle, which you can read here.

But we need your help to continue this effort. Right now we have a generous donor who has pledged to match – dollar for dollar – all donations up to $12,000. 

Many of you responded to our last appeal and helped us raise $6,500 – but we have $5,500 still to go.

Time is critical; please pledge today and help us meet this challenge.

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Mendocino County – like so many counties throughout North America – contracts with Wildlife Services to pay a federal trapper to trap, snare, poison, and shoot wild animals seen as a threat to agriculture. Counties often receive matching funds from Wildlife Services to pay for the federal trapper’s salary and equipment – thereby using your taxpayer dollars at both the county and federal levels to subsidize this lethal program.

But very often county government officials are largely unaware that these contracts are renewed each year resulting in the deaths of thousands of animals. In 2014 alone, Wildlife Services killed close to 3 million animals. That is 7,400 animals slaughtered every single day in the U.S. In Mendocino County, hundreds of animals are killed each year including bears, mountain lions and bobcats at an annual expense to taxpayers of more than $140,000. Mendocino County federal trapper Chris Brennan admitted during a 2009 hearing in Mendocino County Superior Court that he killed “close to 400” dogs over the previous 10 years as part of his animal damage control work for USDA Wildlife Services. Outrageous? Indeed! We are doing all that we can to expose these atrocities. Read more about that here.

As Dr. Bob Crabtree, Project Coyote Science Advisory Board member, says about Wildlife Services predator control program in the San Francisco Chronicle, “It can’t be justified economically, ethically or ecologically.”

Help us shift the paradigm from killing to coexistence. We depend on individual donors to sustain our work for North America’s wildlife. If you haven’t already, please help us meet this generous matching pledge and reach our goal of raising $12,000, which will go directly toward our campaign to stop the slaughter of North America’s wildlife and to promote non-lethal alternatives to killing.

Thank you for your support,

Camilla H. Fox
Founder & Executive Director

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