Respectfully enjoying wildlife in the natural environment is an incredible way to spend one’s time.
The beauty of the natural world awakens the senses and refreshes the soul. But far too often, people encounter wildlife the wrong way: by harassment, torture and killing.
FoA’s Wildlife Law Program is dedicated to exposing the mistreatment of wildlife at the hands of humans, and to helping local governments and communities learn about all the ways in which people can effectively reduce, and eventually eliminate, perceived conflicts with wildlife.
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Unfortunately, not all wildlife encounters are equal. Throughout the United States, federal, state and local governments are using human/wildlife “conflict” as an excuse to kill wildlife. For most of us, encountering wildlife is a wonderful experience. From seeing geese and squirrels to observing bears and mountain lions, most of us yearn for even a fleeting glimpse of wildlife in their natural habitat. But rather than finding ways for humans and wildlife to co-exist, the government’s only solution seems to be – kill first and ask questions later. This can be seen in its management plans, hunting quotas, and decisions to kill animals simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Friends of Animals Wildlife Law Program works to stop the government from implementing theses ill-advised and barbaric plans that limit populations to unsustainable levels and often call for the massive and unnecessary slaughter of large percentages of populations. The government is proposing these actions for numerous species, and often doing so without accurate and updated data. As we watch from the sidelines, species across the nation, and the world are being unnecessarily killed because they inadvertently entered an area where humans might live or recreate and the government continues to implement aggressive plans that result in hundreds, if not thousands, of wildlife deaths.
WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS IN THE NEWS:
Timeframe for slow zone extended to ensure safe passage for North Atlantic right whales, read more here
Harmful or helpful? Cement boats, structures, sunk into Atlantic ocean to create artificial reefs
Past wildlife encounter news:
Days away from election, Trump exempts Tongass National Forest from Roadless Rule; subjecting 9.3million acres of once-protected forest to logging. This forest is known for its role in offsetting climate change, support to indigenous communities, and as home to an abundance of wildlife species including bald eagles, grizzly bears, and wolves. The fight against this massive rollback must continue.
North Atlantic right whale population down to 366, largely due to fishing gear entanglements, boat collisions
While Arizona and Grand Canyon wildlife officials move forward with lethal management plan for bison, others are working to restore ‘genetically wild’ bison herds among tribal lands, utilizing new Bison Conservation Initiative
Pollution, collection for aquariums, and of course fishing are major contributors to Hawaii’s 45% decline in fish species– and proof that proposed expansion of protected marine habitat is necessary to ensure a healthy future for Hawaiian reefs.
It is no secret that conservation organizations face redefining opportunities to support the quality of life for nonhuman animal populations, as well as individual animals. We do have the capacity to expand compassionate conservation practices
Grand Teton National Park call for goat cull, to ‘protect’ big horn sheep. To add to the controversy, the cull may greatly disrupt the important foraging season before hibernation, for grizzly bears.
Lobster fishing to continue- with knowledge that it is harmful to endangered right whales.
Final rule extending logging in Wyoming causes concern for habitat loss for lynx, and elk
U.S. allows killing of seals and sea lions in order to save salmon. Read more about these actions lacking ethics or balance here
Outbreak of chronic wasting disease has impacted 84% of Wyoming mule deer herds, while wildlife officials work under adaptable management plan to improve herd health.
‘Tailor made’ net used to save bears and cougars in Puget Sound
9th circuit court rules Yellowstone grizzly bears cannot be hunted
Decision to kill Canada geese in order to manage feces in parks ignores humane alternatives, and relies on a feel-good act of donating goose meat to veil unnecessary cruelty.
Colorado requiring purchase of hunting and fishing licenses to access public lands
All bets are off: Shark migration gambling suspended due to debate over ethics
Indigenous tribes of Washington, and researchers unite for the survival of cougars
Deep-sea mining will present risks of damage to habitats and species that may take thousands of years or more, to recover. Read more from a new report examining why mining companies don’t belong in the ocean
Highway wildlife crossings are essential for providing safety to both drivers and wildlife, and now a $250 million wildlife crossing program is part of a proposed transportation bill for Oregon
Trump’s border wall will sever decades of binational conservation and connectivity for many species, while harming border communities
Colorado proposes plan to increase cougar killing in state for at least the next decade
Mountain lions get endangered species protections in parts of California
Dolphins in the Louisiana Bayou Keep Dying. A Reconstruction Plan Might Make It Worse
Mountain lions force closure of Whiting Ranch in California
Human development and urbanization of landscape has had a detrimental impact on animals, especially the migration patterns of birds. A book called Where the Animals Go contains maps, illustrated from GPS data collected from various animal migration studies, that show how routes have been affected by human expansion. For example, the white stork that normally migrates to the wetlands of Southern Africa from Europe, now stops in Morocco allured by the landfills in the region.