Saturday, 5 May 2012

US spends millions killing dangerous pests – Mallards, egrets, godwits & doves

USA has spent $1 billion killing wildlife - Why?
May 2012. The US Government spends hundreds of millions every year on ‘exterminating wildlife pests'. We can understand that, in some cases, perhaps a Mountain lion that is killing sheep, or ....? There must be something else; there can be a good reason to kill a few animals, but the number and species that have actually been killed seem extraordinary. 

'Dangerous animals' - A joke
However Wildlife Extra has looked at the list of animals that were killed in 2010 by a US federal agency, ‘Wildlife Services' and found the following dangerous animals and pests were amongst those killed by the ‘Wildlife Services'. Surely some of this is a joke.


  • 2400 Mallard ducks
  • 130,000 brown headed cowbirds
  • 20,000 Mourning doves (20 million are shot annually for sport)
  • 3500 cattle egrets
  • 3 merlins

  • 100,000 grackles
  • 2 bar tailed godwits
  • 360 cougar
  • 600 otters (of which 450 were ‘unintentional')
  • 200 Great horned owls
  • 2 whimbrel

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