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Humboldt County OKs New Contract That Prioritizes Nonlethal Solutions To Wildlife Conflict

Recently, Humboldt County unanimously approved a new contract that would result in fewer native species being killed as well as the prioritization of nonlethal solutions when it comes to finding solutions for urban wildlife conflict.

Humboldt Files Reform To Prioritize Coexistence Between People And Wildlife

For the longest time, Humboldt County in California has experienced much of its wildlife either killed or hunted whenever they come into conflict with urban areas. This resulted in a lot of native species getting killed, which has started affecting their numbers in the wild.

As such, advocates in the area have started pleading for action and began working with officials in order to notify the county that the current laws in place are continuously being violated whenever someone uses lethal methods to help control the wildlife. The plea was sent via a letter.

As a result, the county along with federal wildlife-killing program Wildlife Services have approved a new contract that would prioritize coexistence between people and wildlife, which would hopefully result in fewer native species getting killed. Through the contract, Wildlife Services is to implement a number of new reforms that would reduce its killing of wildlife that have been involved in conflicts. The prohibition of killing beavers will also be put into place as well as other nonlethal mitigation measures in both urban and suburban areas.

“It is vital that every government agency — from local to the federal level — follow the law for the protection of wildlife. We will continue to ensure laws that protect animals are followed and enforced,” Stephen Wells, executive director of Animal Legal Defense Fund, said.

Per this new and modified contract, Wildlife Services won’t be allowed to kill animals in both urban and suburban areas and would impose punishment on harmful killing methods like pesticides and lead ammunition.

“Humboldt County’s wildlife can rest a little safer because of today’s agreement. EPIC would like to particularly thank Agriculture Commissioner Jeff Dolf and the Board of Supervisors for recognizing that most human-wildlife conflicts are preventable and for working with the coalition to reduce unnecessary killing of wildlife,” Tom Wheeler, executive director of Environmental Protection Information Center, said.

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