In conquering wildlife in New Mexico, Guardians of the Wild Land settled his claim against USDA Wildlife Service after the federal program agreed to end the reckless extermination of native wildlife such as: black bears, cougars, foxes and even endangered Mexican gray wolves, on all federal state states. It will also end the destruction of wildlife in certain protected federal lands and stop using cruel traps, traps and poisons on public lands.
Unfortunately, in his opinion Annual program report for 2020, tis he USDA its own wildlife control program has resulted in the deaths of more than 433,000 local animals only last year.
The new settlement additionally requires public reporting on the state’s Wildlife Service activities, including documenting the non-lethal preventive measures applied by the program. These protections will remain in place until the completion of the detailed public environmental review program for its work.
Notably, the agreement also requires the district program manager to review all wolf predation investigation reports before a decision on livestock predation is made. This will provide adequate security measures for the endangered Mexican gray wolves in southwestern New Mexico.
“It’s time for Wildlife Service to start tackling 21st century science showing that killing wildlife in hopes of preventing cattle dying doesn’t work, but is often counterproductive, horribly inhuman, and robs indigenous ecosystems of critical higher carnivores.” – Jennifer Schwartz, Staff Attorney in Guardians of the Wild Land said in statement. “We’re delighted to have our settlement kick-start this process, while giving the New Mexico wilderness some respite from archaic and brutal government killing methods.”
Settlement agreement concluded 11th of March, includes several interim provisions that will soon become permanent parts of New Mexico law as a result of the passage of the law Wildlife and Public Safety Act which prohibits the use of traps, traps and poisons on all state lands in the state of New Mexico. Although the Public Safety Law is due to enter into force April 1, 2022 The new agreement ensures that Wildlife Service will immediately refrain from using these devices in public places.
The Wildlife Service is guilty of killing thousands of animals in New Mexico each year, including: coyotes, cougars, prairie dogs and several species of foxes. Federal law requires the Wildlife Service to use the latest research and the best available scientific evidence to analyze the environmental impact of its animal damage control program on wildlife and local ecosystems in New Mexico. Under the agreement, the Wildlife Service is required to provide an environmental analysis of the impacts and risks of its wildlife control program in New Mexico. Dec. 31 this year.
The settlement also requires Wildlife Service to significantly improve overall transparency to the public by documenting and publishing on its government website detailed annual reports on wildlife “damage control” practices. This includes the number and type of animals caught, as well as the method, the number of requests for assistance and the reason given, as well as the types of non-lethal preventive measures applied by the Wildlife Service or by the party requesting lethal control. Such detailed information was previously available only through official Freedom of information law requests that typically take months, if not years, to complete.
Over the past five years, litigation Guardians of the Wild Land and partners against Wildlife Services have also resulted in similar settlement agreements in: Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.
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