Thursday, February 26, 2009

USDA Wildlife Services Threatened

Western Legacy Alliance Supports USDA’s Wildlife Services

MORELAND--The Western Legacy Alliance, a newly formed coalition, today announced its support for the US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services.

Recently a group of environmental organizations sent a letter urging U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, to abolish Wildlife Services to save animals’ lives and as a cost-cutting measure for the nation. WLA asserts that eliminating WS is a short-sighted maneuver that would result in economic losses far greater than Wildlife Service’s annual budget.

Formed to reeducate the American people about the forgotten role of the West’s public lands and natural resources in sustaining local – and ultimately the nation’s – economy, the WLA is grateful for Wildlife Services. The valuable protection of herds and game animals, disease prevention and protection of agricultural commodities that WS provides should not be ignored.

“Apparently the same folks who want to do away with WS expect me to stay out day and night trying to protect my baby calves from the same reintroduced wolves that they claimed would do me no harm. Have these people ever been awakened in the middle of the night by the terrified bawling of a cow trying to protect her calf from being torn to pieces? Without WS to help me with the problem wolves, I am out of business, plain and simple," said 86-year old Dick Baker, a Clayton, Idaho rancher.

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