End Brutal Mass Murder of Native Wildlife


Target: Chairman Rex Bohn, Board of Supervisors, Humboldt County

Goal: Prevent brutal, unnecessary, and destructive slaughter of hundreds of natural predators every year

Counties in California continue to honor contracts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, which indiscriminately kills tens of thousands of California’s native wild animals every year. Animals such as coyotes, bears, foxes, and mountain lions suffer painful, needless deaths at the hands of the Department of Agriculture. These Californian counties have the power to take a stand against these inhumane killings by terminating their contracts with the Department of Agriculture. Animal conservation groups have been working to persuade Humboldt County to reconsider its contract, requesting it to conduct an appropriate environmental review and implement proper protection before hiring Wildlife Services.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services has spent a billion taxpayer dollars on killing a million coyotes across the nation since 2000. This excessive and unnecessary killing continues regardless of extensive studies showing that destruction of native predators, such as coyotes, inevitably leads to widespread ecological devastation. In the process, Wildlife Services has also killed over 50,000 animals that were not targets, including endangered condors and bald eagles.

In order to terminate the animals, Wildlife Services utilizes steel-jaw leghold traps, body-crushing traps, and wire snares. These devices trap animals, maiming their bodies while they are still alive, sometimes for days at a time. These traps have also injured hikers as well as family pets in the past. They are not safe to species who are not targeted for murder nor are they safely monitored. The agency also uses methods such as poisoning, strangling, and shooting animals to exterminate them. This is a disgusting display of slaughter being supported by tax dollars from residents who are likely unaware of the practices of Wildlife Services. There are humane and up-to-date methods of predator control that don’t involve cruelly endangering animals, pets, and humans at the expense of taxpayers.

In a similar case last year, Sonoma County’s Board of Supervisors chose not to renew their contract with Wildlife Services upon receiving a letter from the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Sonoma County is now conducing a review of wildlife procedures and policies. Sing this petition to urge Humboldt County to follow Sonoma in leading by example, showing that Wildlife Services’s merciless practices should not be accepted.


Dear Chairman Bohn,

As you are aware, Wildlife Services spends thousands of taxpayer dollars yearly to kill hundreds of native predators and other animals. Without state oversight or any environmental investigation or analysis, Humboldt County and Wildlife Services entered into a contract whereby Wildlife Services receives a substantial payment of tax dollars in exchange for murdering these animals.

Humboldt County retains minimal oversight over Wildlife Services’s activities and merely receives periodic reports disclosing the total number of animals destroyed by the agency. These reports are also bereft of evaluation regarding the environmental impact of this killing. Not only are these animals destroyed needlessly as they undoubtedly serve a purpose in our ecological system, but they are painfully and inhumanly trapped and killed. Please reconsider your contract with Wildlife Services for the sake of not only native wildlife in the region, but the ecological system as a whole.


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  1. I’d like to snap these horrendous traps to these evil monsters face,, EVIL SCUM!!!!!

  2. The brutal murderers of these magnificent animals should be put away for a v e r y long time!!!! Is there nothing sacred to these individuals? They certainly have no brains nor a heart. Actually, they should rot in hell!!!!

  3. Jean-Louis Rubens says:



  5. Over 40% of ALL animals have been wiped off the face of the earth due to human beings. We had better wake up before it’s too late.

  6. My son is Jason Bradford PHD who is trying now to save farmland with Farmland LP. He is a top biologist. The USA should support scientists.

  7. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    Why can’t human learn to respect and share this planet with other creatures. This is completely disgusting and barbaric.

  8. What this organization has been doing for decades is protecting the cattle and sheep ranchers. They have always claimed that the predators kill their sheep and calves but make no attempt to protect the animals themselves so they tell Wildlife Services to take care of the “problems” which means it gives this crooked organization, paid with our tax dollars, the OK to kill more than a million animals a year in the US. This bunch needs to be shut down permanently and fire all of the crazy yahoos that work for them.

  9. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs… (They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

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