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California's Death Squad: 64,000 Animals Killed by Government in 2007

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Coyotes found in the Hollywood Hills | Photo by coljac via Flickr
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In light of the slaying of eight coyotes in Griffith Park by government officials, the public outcry is loud and Donna Barstow at the blog Griffith Park, Interrupted reveals some interesting facts about how many animals are killed by the government in California:

If you want to really make yourself sick, read this USDA report on how many animals were “taken” KILLED in California in 2007. These reports are hard to find on the website, but there is one for every state. It explains exactly how each animal was killed, because, after all, it’s a by the number government agency. Who knew 8000 red-winged blackbirds were that dangerous to the people of this state? 500 beavers were killed, over 2000 raccoons. Over 100 bears were bad bears. Even a parakeet was killed in a trap. I have a parakeet. In total, the USDA and Fish & Game killed over 64,293 animals and birds in California in 2007. This brings tears to my eyes.

Jessica Simpson's dog was apparently killed by a coyote last week, but so far, we haven't heard about any traps being set in her neighborhood.