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I just read the article on  how the public can donate money to help fund predator control programs.

Every year tens of thousands of vital native predators—bears, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, foxes and wolves—are killed by the USDA Wildlife Services’ “lethal predator control” program. Ranchers are subsidized with $11 million a year for their losses.

What your article does not address are the inhumane ways that that these predators are killed.

One horrific poison that is used is called Compound 1080. This is a water-soluble, odorless, colorless poison that has no antidote. One teaspoon can reportedly kill up to 100 human adults. Animals poisoned by Compound 1080 die a horrible, agonizingly painful death.

Another poison device used are M—44’s. These are spring activated ejectors that deliver a deadly dose of sodium cyanide when activated. Case records have shown that a poisoned animal can die within minutes or suffer for as long as eight hours.

This is just the tip of the iceberg and does not go into the “instant-kill” traps set within 45 feet of backyards where children play and family pets have been killed.

The direction of wildlife management is largely driven by the tremendous political influence that agricultural and hunting interests have over Oregon wildlife managers through the legislature and the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission. The generous funding of predator control from federal, state, county and private coffers has provided wildlife managers with the ability to implement the lethal management strategy desired by special interests.

When will science and population demographics trump politics in determining how our wildlife is treated? Not until decision makers hear the voices of conservationists, scientists, constituents on a much louder level, a level that competes with the demands of ranchers and hunters.

If you would like more information on how inhumane and irresponsible these predator programs are, visit www.predatordefense.org. I guarantee you that this will be an eye opener for you.

Sherri Wallman

Albany (Jan.3)

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