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Texas is One of Top States Where Bears, Mountain Lions, Wolves Killed

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According to a report from the Center for Biological Diversity, Texas is amongst the top four states “where the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services killed the most black bears, mountain lions, wolves and bobcats in 2015.” Oregon, Minnesota and California are the other states where this took place frequently.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services claims their main concerns are keeping the public safe. They particularly focus on feral swine, rabies management and maintaining a research center. Last year they killed 3.2 million animals and dispersed 21 million. Their website lists which species and how many animals were “Killed/Euthanized,” “Removed/Destroyed,” “Freed/Released/Relocated” and “Dispersed.” They also note whether or not the acts were intentional and which states were involved.

The Center for Biological Diversity is taking aim at the USDA Wildlife Services, saying they’ve killed animals “mostly on behalf of the livestock industry and other agribusinesses.”

The two sides certainly don’t see eye-to-eye. Michael Robinson from the Center stated that, “Despite increasing calls for an end to the senseless slaughter of our wildlife it continues unchecked with no oversight. This outdated, shortsighted killing scheme defies reason and science — when Wildlife Services massacred more than 600 bobcats and almost 17,000 coyotes in Texas last year it simply increased the number of rodents.”