Can Wildlife Services learn to believe in beavers?News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: Mountain West News
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The USDA’s Wildlife Services killed more than 23,000 beavers last year. There’s a better way to manage our ecosystem engineers, writes Ben Goldfarb, author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter.
Each spring Wildlife Services, the branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture tasked with controlling problematic fauna, engages in a ritual as reliable as snowmelt or bird migration: It announces how many wild animals it killed the previous year. Although 2017’s toll, released earlier this month, is down from previous years, the numbers are still staggering. All told the agency eliminated 1.3 million native critters, including 319 cougars, 552 black bears and a whopping 23,646 beavers. That’s one paddle-tailed rodent every 22 minutes.