This coyote pup is being pulled out of it den with a “denning” hook. Denning is a practice conducted by the USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services. Photo courtesy of Wildlife Damage Review (taken by Dick Randall circa the 1970s).
Reaching a new low, the USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service-Wildlife Services (WS) revealed that their agents cut the heads off of coyote puppies with shovels in Oklahoma and Wyoming. WS’s web-based report actually declared that “hand tools” were used. The awful details were ferreted out by Brian Vincent, a conservationist employed by Big Wildlife.
The federal agents involved should receive the same legal scrutiny that Michael Vick, the Atlanta Falcons footballer, did. Vick was implicated in the killing eight dogs on his property.
To see all the native carnivores killed by Wildlife Services in 2006, click here.