Target: Dan Hamburg, Fifth District Supervisor for Board of Supervisors, Mendocino County
Goal: Protect wildlife from a program that kills millions of animals each year.
Three million wild and free-range animals were killed last year due to a federal program that allows people to use lethal measures on predator animals to protect livestock and human health. Not all of these animals require a lethal action; nonlethal measures can be just as effective but are not employed. Even after strong opposition from residents and environmental groups, a Board of Supervisors still renewed the contract for this murderous program. We must speak up now to protect wild animals and ensure biodiversity.
Located in California, Mendocino County is home to a variety of wildlife such as coyotes, black bears, mountain lions, foxes, raccoons, skunks, and possums. These are the main animals that experience casualties due to the program known as Wildlife Services. Wildlife Services is allowed to use a variety of lethal weapons against these poor creatures such as firearms, snaring devices, leg and cage traps, and even euthanasia drugs.
South of Mendocino County is Marin County, a county that uses nonlethal strategies to deal with disruptive wildlife. Although activists and residents have pressured the Board of Supervisors in Mendocino County to adopt similar strategies, the board still chose to renew the contract with Wildlife Services at taxpayers’ expense.
We must speak up to preserve our native wildlife. When top predators are killed off, the natural food chain is altered and this could easily cause overpopulation in certain species, putting a stress on natural resources. This is why maintaining biodiversity is so important.
The Board of Supervisors in Mendocino County should truly consider the environmental and ecological impacts of Wildlife Services. The $144,000 yearly budget that goes toward this program should go toward nonlethal practices. By signing this petition, you are demanding that the Board of Supervisors withdraw the contract with Wildlife Services and implement nonlethal strategies to manage wildlife.
Dear Supervisor Hamburg,
California is teeming with active and coveted wildlife. We must preserve and cherish these creatures. The Board’s decision to renew the contract with Wildlife Services does nothing but kill innocent animals. I am begging you and the other supervisors to please consider withdrawing the renewal. Taxpayers’ money should go toward nonlethal practices instead.
Three million animals were killed by Wildlife Services in 2014 alone. These creatures were not only wild animals but also free-range pets. Coyotes, black bears, mountain lions, foxes, raccoons, skunks, and possums deserve life and a proper management plan. The use of firearms, snaring devices, leg and cage traps, and euthanasia drugs is inhumane. Killing these predators disrupts the natural biodiversity of the area and could easily cause overpopulation of other species since these predators are no longer around to hunt prey species.
I am urging you to please consider the ecological impacts of Wildlife Services. We need our native predators to maintain healthy biodiversity. Please take action to protect California’s wildlife by denying Wildlife Services’ action in Mendocino County.
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Photo Credit: Chris Sansenbach