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.

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A federal investigation cleared a Wildlife Services trapper of animal cruelty last December but the agency's top official later raised questions about the case, documents obtained by The Bee show.

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