The killing agency: Wildlife Services' brutal methods leave a trail of animal death

Wildlife Services is a federal agency that operates in secrecy, using brutal traps, poison and aerial gunning to kill thousands of animals, with accidental victims that include federally protected species, family pets and injured people. More than 50,000 non-target animals have been killed since 2000 with indiscriminate tools such as traps, snares and poison.

Read the initial Bee investigation here. Latest articles and follow-ups are listed below.

Stung by charges of animal abuse, Wildlife Services – the federal government's animal damage control agency – has adopted new guidelines for how its employees are to handle dogs in the field.

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