FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2015
Contact: Brooks Fahy, Predator Defense (541) 520-6003
Brett Haverstick, Friends of the Clearwater (208) 882-9755
Gary Macfarlane, Friends of the Clearwater (208) 882-9755
Award-winning documentary exposing Wildlife Services’ war on wildlife
coming to four different communities in Idaho
Moscow- An award-winning wildlife documentary that Jane Goodall wants millions of people to see is coming to Idaho. Predator Defense’s film, EXPOSED: USDA’s Secret War on Wildlife, features three former federal agents, and a prominent Congressman, blowing the whistle on a wasteful and highly controversial federal wildlife management program called “Wildlife Services”. Every year, federal agents kill millions of animals across the nation, including thousands in Idaho, through trapping, snaring, poisoning, explosives, and aerial gunning methods. A lawsuit filed in Idaho by conservation groups, has forced the agency to reevaluate the impacts of its wildlife “control” program in the state.
Wildlife Services killed thousands of species native to Idaho in 2013. Coyotes, gray wolves, cougars, foxes, badgers, marmots, beavers, and other native wildlife were all killed at federal taxpayer expense. This includes the aerial gunning of dozens of wolves in the “Lolo Zone” of north-central Idaho. The “Lolo Zone” features some of the most rugged and beautiful federal public wildlands in the lower 48, and offers crucial habitat for species like gray wolves, grizzly bears, wolverines, and more.
“It’s incredibly important for people to attend any of the screenings next week to learn more about this tax-payer funded wildlife killing machine,” said Brett Haverstick, Friends of the Clearwater Education & Outreach Director. “If Americans realized that wolves and coyotes are still being gunned down by helicopters in the 21st Century, this program would cease immediately.”
Friends of the Clearwater, and others, filed a lawsuit in February 2015 challenging Wildlife Services’ outdated environmental analysis for its wildlife-killing activities in Idaho. The lawsuit has forced the agency to reconsider its impacts and produce an updated analysis. The groups are also seeking long-term changes to the agency’s “control” operations, and to instead, adopt nonlethal methods.
“It is past time for this reckless federal agency to be held accountable to we the people, and incorporate the best available science in its day-to-day operations,” said Gary Macfarlane, Friends of the Clearwater Ecosystem Defense Director. “We are hopeful that our collective efforts will force Wildlife Services to comply with our nation’s federal public land laws.”
Screenings will be held in Coeur d’Alene, Moscow, Boise, and Pocatello. Each one will be followed by an audience Q&A session, with film co-producer Brooks Fahy. Event sponsors include Predator Defense, Advocates for the West, Western Watersheds Project, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, and Friends of the Clearwater.
“EXPOSED” won Best Short Film at the 2015 Animal Film Festival and Best Wildlife Activism at the 2014 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival. Below is the Idaho schedule:
COEUR D’ALENE: Monday, October 12
6:00 p.m., Coeur d’Alene Library Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave., (Free)
MOSCOW: Tuesday, October 13
7:00 p.m., 1912 Center, Great Room, 412 E. Third St., (Free)
BOISE: Thursday, October 15
4:00 p.m., Lookout Room, SUB, Boise State University, (Free)
7:30 p.m., The Flicks, 646 W. Fulton St, Boise, ($5 at door)
POCATELLO: Friday, October 16
7:00 p.m., Idaho State University, Student Union Building, POND Wood River Room, ($5 at door – free for students)