Court: Feds Failed to Fully Assess Risks of Killing Thousands of Animals a Year in Idaho

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Source: Western Watersheds Project

“USDA’s Wildlife Services should have more carefully considered its proposed predator-killing activities’ impacts on the environment…”

BOISE, Idaho— In a powerful rebuke, a federal judge ruled U.S. agency that kills thousands of animals a year in Idaho failed to adequately analyze the environmental risks of shooting, trapping and poisoning native wildlife like mountain lions, coyotes and foxes.

The court’s ruling, issued late Friday, holds that USDA’s Wildlife Services should have more carefully considered its proposed predator-killing activities’ impacts on the environment. The judge held the agency ignored science showing that killing predators does not decrease conflicts with livestock. The court ruled controversial killing warrants a much more thorough analysis.

“Wildlife Services will now have to fairly evaluate how killing thousands of coyotes in southern Idaho each year affects the environment,” said Talasi Brooks, a staff attorney for Advocates for the West, who represented the…

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