In the summer of 1992, Ruth Shea, an Idaho Fish and
Game Department employee, was riding in the Caribou National Forest
when she looked down and saw steel-jawed traps buried in the trail.
Then she came upon the trapped and decayed bodies of two coyotes
and a badger. "These traps appeared to have been set ... to
indiscriminately kill anything that walked down the trail," Shea
said in a letter published by the Idaho Falls Post Register.
Researcher Pat Wolff documents this episode in a 31-page special
report she prepared for the Arizona-based Wildlife Damage Review.
The report, Waste, Fraud and Abuse in the U.S. Animal Damage
Control Program, recounts how the federal agency's use of poisons,
aerial gunning, traps and snares slaughter thousands of animals.
Another group, the Montana-based Predator Project, recently issued
a similar report. Written by Ben D. Deeble and Felice Stadler, the
49-page Animal Damage Control: How your Tax Dollars Subsidize
Agri-Business by Killing and Harassing America's Wildlife, says ADC
spends 70 percent of its money on programs relating to the
livestock industry. Only 2 percent of livestock losses, however,
are due to predators. Years of failed reform attempts lead both
predator-protection groups to conclude that the government must
abolish ADC. Reports are $10 each from Wildlife Damage Review, P.O.
Box 85128, Tucson, AZ 85754 (602/884-0883) and Predator Project,
P.O. Box 6733, Bozeman, MT 59771 (406/587-3389).