Conservation groups seek review into wildlife-killing programme in California

Three wildlife groups have sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services over a wildlife-killing plan in California.

The Center for Biological Diversity, Animal Legal Defense Fund and Project Coyote say the practices are outdated.

The program targets carnivores like coyotes and foxes.

The lawsuit targets Wildlife Services’ Sacramento District program. The district includes Colusa, El Dorado, Lake, Marin, Napa, Placer, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties.

Stephen Wells, executive director for the Animal Legal Defense Fund said:

“Wild animals in California are entitled to legal protection from cruel, indiscriminate killing methods that fail to meaningfully reduce conflicts between wild and domestic animals.
“Wildlife Services must update its practices to reflect current science that supports non-lethal approaches to minimizing conflicts.”

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