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, and the world 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.


Wolverines, leatherback turtles, and sage grouse among several species suffering from Trump’s environmental protection rollbacks.

Eel dumping in New York sheds light on continuous problem of people releasing nonnative species into parks. 

Citizen scientists offer valuable assistance in determining health impacts of smoke from recent wildfires on birds, due to mass die-offs.

Critical habitat designation maintained for New Mexico meadow jumping mouse!

‘Whale Safe’ technological tool designed to prevent boat-whale collisions among Santa Barbara Channel.

NW governors, agencies, and indigenous peoples collaborate to secure river health; and support salmon, steelhead, and orca populations.

U.S. denies wolverines Endangered Species Act protections.

Don’t let the name fool you: USDA Wildlife Services killed 1.2 million animals in 2019; still utilizing cruel traps banned among other countries. 

While Arizona and Grand Canyon wildlife officials move forward with lethal management plan for bison, others are working to restore ‘genetically wild’ bison herds among tribal lands, utilizing new Bison Conservation Initiative.

Utah reports 258 illegal wildlife killings since beginning of fall hunting season.

Maine’s recovered seal population brings unprecedented controversy.

$34 million dam bypass allows cutthroat trout to access to its native spawning waters once again! 

Seismic surveys requiring air guns are severely disrupting communication and the future of survival for whales; and even present risk for whales to lose their hearing.

“30 by 30,” democratic goal to protect 30% of land and waterways by 2030, may be key in restoring biodiversity for U.S.

Governor of New Hampshire steps in to prevent euthanization of a once domesticated fox, supporting efforts for its release back into the wild.

Denver takes up recommendation for volunteers to help with scare tactics to deter Canada geese from parks. 

California restricts rat poison use responsible for mountain lion deaths!

Trump administration’s decision to strip protections for Tongass National Forest for logging plan disregards harm to wildlife, the environment, and indigenous communities.

FWS seek additional public comment for proposed critical habitat and ESA listing for freshwater mussel species.

Turkey’s coral transplants will aid in restoring ecosystems, and nursing environments for marine life.

Physical attributes noted for inbreeding among California mountain lions, displays how low their populations are.

Pollution, collection for aquariums, and of course fishing are major contributors to Hawaii’s 45% decline in fish species– and proof that proposed expansion of protected marine habitat is necessary to ensure a healthy future for Hawaiian reefs.

Biologists request tracking assistance from public for investigation of recent songbird deaths.

Net and line fishing cause of 351 loggerhead sea turtle and 137 sea lion deaths along Baja coast and Gulf of Ulloa. 

It is no secret that conservation organizations face redefining opportunities to support the quality of life for nonhuman animal populations, as well as individual animals.  We do have the capacity to expand compassionate conservation practices. 

How biologists are working to save the black footed ferret from the ‘plague.’

Long Island shark anglers persist in following traditions, despite rapid decline of shark populations.

Admire from afar: Ecotourism contributes to zoonotic disease pathways.

Lethal take of prairie dogs approved in Boulder, CO.

Trump administration set to withdraw gray wolf protections by end of 2020.

Humpback whale detangled from 4,000 lbs of fishing gear!

Final Rule allows expansion of hunting on wildlife refuge lands.

Charges to be considered over a shot bison, after 125 escaped from feedlot.

Bobcat and mountain lion deaths linked to rodenticide.

Bats: Another migratory, and misunderstood species. 

New traps designed to control ‘invasive’ lion fish populations. 

Grand Teton National Park call for goat cull, to ‘protect’ big horn sheep. To add to the controversy, the cull may greatly disrupt the important foraging season before hibernation, for grizzly bears.

Conservation, environmental, and indigenous groups sue Trump administration over oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge!

Un-wildling: BLM makes addition of corrals to hold 8,500 wild horses and burros, to expedite roundup efforts. 

Interconnected: How racism negatively impacts urban wildlife.

Trump administration opens up new hunting areas on wildlife refuge lands, including Everglades.

‘Room for change’ on American lands, needs to include room for wild horses and burros. 

Mink deaths are rising in the U.S. due to COVID-19, another reason fur farms need to be shut down.

U.S. allows killing of seals and sea lions  in order to save salmon. Read more about these actions lacking ethics or balance here.

Scientists look to estuaries for sea otter recovery, as efforts will have dramatic impacts on ecosystems. 

Lack of knowledge about ‘murder hornets’ is causing additional harm to other insects including pollinators.

Great American Outdoors Act will bring billions to national parks, but how much funding will go towards protecting wildlife habitat? 

Expansion of New Hampshire forests made to protect wildlife, habitat, and drinking water. 

Estimated number of captive tigers in U.S. is greater than those remaining in wild.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have killed a non-breeding female wolf.

Will Denver officials commit to non-lethal management of Canada geese?

Outbreak of chronic wasting disease has impacted 84% of Wyoming mule deer herds, while wildlife officials work under adaptable management plan to improve herd health.

Colorado’s First Gentleman Marlon Reis speaks against culling of Canada geese!

‘Tailor made’ net used to save bears and cougars in Puget Sound.

9th circuit court rules Yellowstone grizzly bears cannot be hunted!

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.

Gray wolf reintroduction up to Colorado voters. 

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.