US Agriculture Department Has Killed Around 1.2 Million Animals Last Year

Humans have proved over and over again that they have limited knowledge or that they pretend to ignore the fact that Earth cannot do without wildlife. Illegal poaching, deforestation, environmental pollution etc. have killed so many animals, resulting in an unbalanced ecosystem.

A new report says that the US Wildlife Services which is an arm of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has killed around 1.2 million wildlife last year. The report released this week has published the number of animals that were either killed, euthanized, relocated, or freed during 2019.

  • Over 360,000 red-winged blackbirds
  • Over 62,000 coyotes
  • Over 25,000 Canadian geese
  • Over 24,5000 beavers
  • Over 18,000 brown tree snakes
  • Over 10,000 black vultures
  • Over 1,300 gray foxes
  • Over 1,200 red foxes
  • 800 bobcats
  • 400 black bears
  • Over 300 gray wolves
  • Over 300 cougars
  • 31 bald eagles
  • A single grizzly bear

While the list shows this staggering number, what’s even sadder is that the record says that under 3000 have been killed unintentionally, with accidental deaths.


A North American beaver works on its dam in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Chase Dekker/Shutterstock

While some species that have been killed are listed as invasive species such as Caimans or European hares whose large numbers threaten the ecosystem’s balance and therefore culled annually, a majority of the annually culled species were non-invasive. This action has been taken for the benefit of the agriculture industry in states including Colorado, Texas, and Idaho.

Conservationists condemn the cruel methods used to carry out the culls including cyanide bombs, leghold traps, aerial gunning from helicopters, poison gases, strangulation snares etc.

A conservation organization called the WildEarth Guardians has filed a lawsuit against Wildlife Services for their wildlife killing program, demanding that the culling programs need to be carried out based on updated environmental analysis.


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