Wildlife Encounters

Wildlife Encounters

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.


BLM is moving closer towards a colossal land lease sale on sage grouse habitat in Wyoming

Timeframe for slow zone extended to ensure safe passage for North Atlantic right whales, read more here

Passing the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act can make the “30 by 30” goal a reality

Trump moves to auction drilling of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge before Biden takes office

Thousands of Burmese pythons removed by use of snares in Everglades

BLM releases final environmental impact statement for highway project through Mojave desert tortoise habitat

Restoring wolf and predator populations is a crucial step in supporting greater ecosystem heath; particularly in environments where chronic wasting disease is present

Facial recognition applied to bears, to aid in population tracking

A mute swan’s rescue in New York displays how valuable each swan is to the community; solidifying actions against their removal from the state

How listening to the ocean’s soundscapes may help save it

Inhumane trapping of wolves extended in Alaska due to interest in impact on deer hunting

Honolulu- protests hault drainage project, in effort to protect marine life

Navy’s torpedo firing and sonar exercises to allow incidental harassment and harm to 51 endangered Souther resident orca annually along Washington coast through 2027

New report reveals scope of cruelty and poor welfare regulation enforcement in American fur trade; why the industry is anything but humane

Wildlife agents are mapping rats in S. Carolina to decrease use of poison responsible for bobcat deaths

Harmful or helpful? Cement boats, structures, sunk into Atlantic ocean to create artificial reefs

Wolf reintroduction initiative passes in Colorado

Suit filed over herbicide  Atrazine, responsible for killing hundreds of imperiled species

New book examines motivations behind Idaho’s controversial wildlife management actions, animal exploitation

Close call between voters for reintroduction Gray wolves to Colorado

How to help wildlife with your garden

Investigation over Grand Teton wolf killing calls for help from public

Delisting of gray wolves through lower 48 states leaves Washington to manage populations within its own lands

Florida mute swans sold and relocated to relieve Lakeland overpopulation

Ecological destruction made by border wall impacting wildlife and communities; deemed irreversible

Great American Outdoors Act will help maintain ecosystems, wildlife territories

Past wildlife encounter news:

Notice of intent to sue filed over Trump administration’s expansion of hunting on wildlife refuge lands

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.

Border wall development is ravaging natural resources, including river ways that are home to Yacqui catfish, a species already on the brink of definite extinction

North Atlantic right whale population down to 366, largely due to fishing gear entanglements, boat collisions

See the maps of Trump’s severe environmental rollbacks; and impacts on wilderness and public lands

Study finds reduction of light pollution warranted to save insects

Proposed seismic survey plan for oil drilling in Arctic Refuge revised, with small window for public comment

One of two highways removed from suit challenging project threatening Florida panther

Environmental rollbacks fast track proposal to mine outside Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge without a federal permit;  further threatening imperiled wildlife including bald eagles

Upheld conviction for illegal deer hunting case to influence investigation changes for Vermont game wardens

Suit filed challenging horseshoe crab harvesting in South Carolina wildlife refuge, due to harm to migratory birds

Wolverines, leatherback turtles, and sage grouse among several species suffering from Trump’s environmental protection rollbacks

Citizen scientists offer valuable assistance in determining health impacts of smoke from recent wildfires on birds, due to mass die-offs

Eel dumping in New York sheds light on continuous problem of people releasing nonnative species into parks

Critical habitat designation maintained for New Mexico meadow jumping mouse

How ‘introductionists’ are secretly and illegally reintroducing endangered species, with hopes to support biodiversity

‘Whale Safe’ technological tool designed to prevent boat-whale collisions among Santa Barbara Channel

NW governors, agencies, and indigenous peoples collaborate to secure river health; and support salmon, steelhead, and orca populations

U.S. denies wolverines Endangered Species Act protections

Don’t let the name fool you: USDA Wildlife Services killed 1.2 million animals in 2019; still utilizing cruel traps banned among other countries

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

Utah reports 258 illegal wildlife killings since beginning of fall hunting season

Maine’s recovered seal population brings unprecedented controversy

$34 million dam bypass allows cutthroat trout to access to its native spawning waters once again

Seismic surveys requiring air guns are severely disrupting communication and the future of survival for whales; and even present risk for whales to lose their hearing

“30 by 30,” democratic goal to protect 30% of land and waterways by 2030, may be key in restoring biodiversity for U.S.

Governor of New Hampshire steps in to prevent euthanization of a once domesticated fox, supporting efforts for its release back into the wild

California restricts rat poison use responsible for mountain lion deaths!

Denver takes up recommendation for volunteers to help with scare tactics to deter Canada geese from parks

Trump administration’s decision to strip protections for Tongass National Forest for logging plan disregards harm to wildlife, the environment, and indigenous communities

FWS seek additional public comment for proposed critical habitat and ESA listing for freshwater mussel species

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.

Wildlife populations heavily impacted as Pacific North Western wildfires rage

Biologists request tracking assistance from public for investigation of recent songbird deaths

Net and line fishing cause of 351 loggerhead sea turtle and 137 sea lion deaths along Baja coast and Gulf of Ulloa

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

How biologists are working to save the black footed ferret from the ‘plague’

Long Island shark anglers persist in following traditions, despite rapid decline of shark populations.

Admire from afar: Ecotourism contributes to zoonotic disease pathways

Humpback whale detangled from 4,000 lbs of fishing gear

Trump administration set to withdraw gray wolf protections by end of 2020

Final Rule allows expansion of hunting on wildlife refuge lands

Charges to be considered over a shot bison, after 125 escaped from feedlot

Bobcat and mountain lion deaths linked to rodenticide

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.

Conservation, environmental, and indigenous groups sue Trump administration over oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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

Un-wildling: BLM makes addition of corrals to hold 8,500 wild horses and burros, to expedite roundup efforts

‘Room for change’ on American lands, needs to include room for wild horses and burros

Trump administration opens up new hunting areas on wildlife refuge lands, including Everglades

Mink deaths are rising in the U.S. due to COVID-19, another reason fur farms need to be shut down

U.S. allows killing of seals and sea lions  in order to save salmon. Read more about these actions lacking ethics or balance here

Scientists look to estuaries for sea otter recovery, as efforts will have dramatic impacts on ecosystems

Expansion of New Hampshire forests made to protect wildlife, habitat, and drinking water

Lack of knowledge about ‘murder hornets’ is causing additional harm to other insects including pollinators

Estimated number of captive tigers in U.S. is greater than those remaining in wild

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.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have killed a non-breeding female wolf

Will  Colorado officials commit to non-lethal management of Canada geese?

‘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

Colorado bans wildlife contests in Colorado

Mountain lions get endangered species protections in parts of California

Gray wolf reintroduction up to Colorado voters

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.