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USDA on the Hunt: Over Five Million Varmints Killed in 2010

Your tax dollars at work: in 2010, the United States Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Damage Management program rubbed out over five million undesirable critters nationwide. Included on the hit list:

  • 14 alligators
  • 452 wolves
  • 527 badgers
  • 586 black bears
  • 27,219 beavers
  • 80,657 coyotes
  • 603,000 blackbirds
  • 2.5 million starlings
Starlings? Yes, starlings, because they poop on feed. Little buggers.



  1. larry kurtz 2012.01.03

    Why stop there, Cory? Humans kill.

    "Pesticide related mortality of raptors has been reported throughout the United States, including that of red-tailed hawks, screech-owls, great horned owls, sharpshinned hawks, snowy owls, Cooper’s hawks, Mississippi kites, and Swainson’s hawks."

    Rewild the West.

  2. Ken Blanchard 2012.01.04

    Like Larry, I am choosy about which species I would cull. Unlike Larry, I wouldn't cull people. I would note that a single wind farm in California killed thousands of raptors a year for four decades. Just sayin'.

  3. larry kurtz 2012.01.04

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    Red state failure.

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