Wildlife Encounters

Wildlife Encounters

Respectfully enjoying wildlife in the natural environment is an incredible way to spend one’s time.

The beauty of the natural world awakens the senses and refreshes the soul. But far too often, people encounter wildlife the wrong way: by harassment, torture and killing.

FoA’s Wildlife Law Program is dedicated to exposing the mistreatment of wildlife at the hands of humans, and to helping local governments and communities learn about all the ways in which people can effectively reduce, and eventually eliminate, perceived conflicts with wildlife.

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Unfortunately, not all wildlife encounters are equal. Throughout the United States, federal, state and local governments are using human/wildlife “conflict” as an excuse to kill wildlife. For most of us, encountering wildlife is a wonderful experience. From seeing geese and squirrels to observing bears and mountain lions, most of us yearn for even a fleeting glimpse of wildlife in their natural habitat. But rather than finding ways for humans and wildlife to co-exist, the government’s only solution seems to be – kill first and ask questions later. This can be seen in its management plans, hunting quotas, and decisions to kill animals simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Friends of Animals Wildlife Law Program works to stop the government from implementing theses ill-advised and barbaric plans that limit populations to unsustainable levels and often call for the massive and unnecessary slaughter of large percentages of populations. The government is proposing these actions for numerous species, and often doing so without accurate and updated data. As we watch from the sidelines, species across the nation are being unnecessarily killed because they inadvertently entered an area where humans might live or recreate and the government continues to implement aggressive plans that result in hundreds, if not thousands, of wildlife deaths.


Colorado’s repeat decision to kill Canada geese in order to manage feces in parks ignores humane alternatives, and relies on a feel-good act of donating goose meat to veil unnecessary cruelty.

Colorado requiring purchase of hunting and fishing licenses to access public lands.

Border wall development is ravaging natural resources, including river ways that are home to Yacqui catfish, a species already on the brink of definite extinction.

How deforestation condenses wildlife populations, and creates pathways for zoonotic disease.

Conservancy models around Maasai Mara national reserve offer economic and ecological restoration.

All bets are off: Shark migration gambling suspended due to debate over ethics.

Indigenous tribes of Washington, and researchers unite for the survival of cougars.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought eco-tourism to a stand-still, decreasing wildlife conservation resources.

Colorado’s well anticipated summer wildfires have arrived, and a bear burned in East Canyon has been rescued. Read the story here.

Deep-sea mining will present risks of damage to habitats and species that may take thousands of years or more, to recover. Read more from a new report examining why mining companies don’t belong in the ocean.

Highway wildlife crossings are essential for providing safety to both drivers and wildlife, and now a $250 million wildlife crossing program is part of a proposed transportation bill for Oregon

Black birders week celebrates nature and diversity while calling out global racism.

Trump’s border wall will sever decades of binational conservation and connectivity for many species, while harming border communities.

Skyrocketing selfies with sloths are a leading motivation behind Costa Rica’s campaign #stopanimalselfies. The campaign is not just for sloths though, and was formed to raise awareness on negative impacts and potential risks related to these needless interactions with all wildlife. Learn more here.

Colorado proposes plan to increase cougar killing in state for at least the next decade.

Colorado bans wildlife contests in Colorado.

Mountain lions get endangered species protections in parts of California.

Dolphins in the Louisiana Bayou Keep Dying. A Reconstruction Plan Might Make It Worse.

Mountain lions force closure of Whiting Ranch in California.

Human development and urbanization of landscape has had a detrimental impact on animals, especially the migration patterns of birds. A book called Where the Animals Go contains maps, illustrated from GPS data collected from various animal migration studies, that show how routes have been affected by human expansion. For example, the white stork that normally migrates to the wetlands of Southern Africa from Europe, now stops in Morocco allured by the landfills in the region.