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Fire USDA Wildlife Services Federal Trapper Jamie Olson for Animal Cruelty
  • Petitioning Jeffrey S. Green

This petition will be delivered to:

Western Regional Director for Wildlife Services
Jeffrey S. Green
State Director Wyoming Wildlife Services
Rod Krischke
Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Tom Vilsack
Deputy Administrator for Wildlife Services
William Clay

Fire USDA Wildlife Services Federal Trapper Jamie Olson for Animal Cruelty

    1. Petition by

      Project Coyote

On November 2nd the Sacramento Bee and the Missoula Independent published graphic images of Wyoming-based Wildlife Services employee Jamie P. Olson's dogs tormenting and mauling trapped wildlife including coyotes, bobcats and raccoons. The articles detailed animal abuse and torture instigated by Olson, who posted these photographs (several of which are described as “work” indicating he took these while working for the government) on various websites including his personal Facebook Page and several hunting sites.

Gary Strader, a former Wildlife Services trapper in Nevada, reports in the Sacramento Bee (11.2.12) that such abuse is “very common” and was not surprised to learn about the photos. "It always was and always will be controversial. It has never been addressed by the higher-ups. They know it happens on a regular basis."

Such brutality and callous disregard for the welfare of animals is particularly egregious when done by a government employee in the course of his employment and must not be tolerated.

Please join Project Coyote, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and many other organizations and individuals in calling for Olson’s immediate termination and for an investigation into this and other reports of animal cruelty.

(Please click "Opt-In" when signing this petition and we will keep you informed on meaningful ways to protect coyotes and other native carnivores from wanton abuse and cruelty and to promote coexistence instead of killing.)
Thank you.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 100,000 signatures
    2. Feds: Investigation into Wyoming Trapper Will Remain Private

      http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/feds-investigation-into-wyoming-trapper-will-remain-private/article_abd0b683-3efc-5269-b992-e215c15bff64.html

      Despite the public's right to know, the results from an ongoing investigation into Jamie Olson's alleged animal abuse and torture will not be made public following the completion of the investigation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service claims the investigation cannot be revealed because of unspecified provisions in the Civil Service Reform Act, however public records' attorneys state there is nothing in the Act that prevents the release of information.

      As of today, Jamie Olson is still employed by Wyoming Wildlife Services, more than a year after he posted photos of hunting dogs attacking a live coyote in a leg-hold trap.

      Feds: Investigation into Wyoming trapper will remain private

      Results from an ongoing investigation into a Wyoming wildlife trapper accused of mistreating animals will not be made public upon the investigation's completion, a spokeswoman for the investigating agency says.

    3. Reached 75,000 signatures
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    5. From The Sacramento Bee ~ Documents Show Questions about Wildlife Services

      Documents show questions about Wildlife Services probe in animal cruelty

      A federal investigation cleared a Wildlife Services trapper of animal cruelty last December but the agency's top official later raised questions about the case, documents obtained by The Bee show. The probe found that Wyoming trapper Jamie Olson, whose Internet photos showing his hunting dogs attacking at a trapped coyote stirred outrage among wildlife advocates, did nothing wrong.

    6. From FoxNews.com ~ Federal Agency Gives Few Answers on Months-Long Probe

      Federal agency gives few answers on months-long probe of alleged animal cruelty

      This undated photo was allegedly posted to the personal Facebook page of Wildlife Services employee Jamie Olson.Wildlife Services/Jamie Olson This undated photo was allegedly posted to the personal Facebook page of Wildlife Services employee Jamie Olson.Wildlife Services/Jamie Olson This photo, provided by Gary Strader, shows three dogs attacking a trapped coyote allegedly as part of his work for the USDA's Wildlife Services.

    7. From The Sacramento Bee ~ Wildlife Services Tightens Dog Policy

      Wildlife Services tightens dog policy - The Sacramento Bee

      Stung by charges of animal abuse, Wildlife Services - the federal government's animal damage control agency - has adopted new guidelines for how its employees are to handle dogs in the field. The change comes after an agency employee's photos surfaced on the web in November showing his hunting dogs attacking a coyote caught in a leg-hold trap.

    8. From FoxNews.com ~ Animal Torture, Abuse Called a 'Regular Practice' within

      Animal torture, abuse called a 'regular practice' within federal wildlife agency

      This photo, provided by Gary Strader, shows three dogs attacking a trapped coyote allegedly as part of his work for the USDA's Wildlife Services.

    9. Reached 50,000 signatures
    10. Response received from Wildlife Services

      AWI and Project Coyote received a response from the head of USDA Wildlife Services, William H. Clay, who thanked us for our letter and assured us that the allegations of animal cruelty and misconduct were being taken very seriously and that a thorough investigation of the matter is being conducted. He also stated that "WS does not condone animal cruelty and holds all employees responsible for representing Agency standards . . . WS personnel are expected to use approved and humane methods to euthanize captured or restrained animals wherever practicable, and in accordance with American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines."

      Obviously, Mr. Olson's actions were in direct violation of Agency standards and he must be held accountable. We will, of course, keep you informed of further developments and request that you please continue to share our petition with friends and family to help keep the pressure on.

      Thank you!

    11. From FoxNews.com ~ Lawmaker accuses federal agency of 'stonewalling' attemp

      Lawmaker accuses federal agency of 'stonewalling' attempts to investigate alleged coyote torture

      This undated photo was allegedly posted to the personal Facebook page of Wildlife Services employee Jamie Olson.Wildlife Services/Jamie Olson This undated photo was allegedly posted to the personal Facebook page of Wildlife Services employee Jamie Olson.Wildlife Services/Jamie Olson A Republican congressman is accusing a government agency of "stonewalling" attempts to investigate allegations of animal abuse after graphic photos appeared online showing hunting dogs attacking defenseless coyotes.

    12. Reached 40,000 signatures
    13. Fire USDA WS Employee for Animal Cruelty, Demand Wildlife Advocates

      Latest News | Earth Island Journal | Earth Island Institute

      Fire USDA Wildlife Services Employee for Animal Cruelty, Demand Wildlife Advocates Public outraged over photographs showing hunting dogs mauling leghold-trapped coyotes, raccoons, and other wild animals Graphic images of wild animals trapped and tortured by a federal government employee went viral in late October, raising public outrage.

    14. Reached 10 signatures
    15. Background info. on this issue in the Sacramento Bee

      U.S. wildlife worker's online photos of animal abuse stir outrage - The Sacramento Bee

      Photos of animal abuse and suffering posted on a federal wildlife specialist's Facebook and other Web pages are stirring anger among wildlife advocates. The pictures show two dogs savagely attacking a coyote in a leg-hold trap and the employee posing with the tattered carcass of a coyote.

    16. Exec. Summary re: Tom Knudson's series re: USDA Wildlife Services

    17. Background info. on this issue:

      This culture of cruelty within USDA Wildlife Services was highlighted in a four-part cover story of the agency in the Sacramento Bee earlier this year by Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative reporter Tom Knudson that led to a Congressional request for a federal investigation and oversight hearings into Wildlife Services. Read the entire series here and see link below for letter to Congress.

      Wildlife investigation - The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, California

      Wildlife Services is a federal agency that operates in secrecy, using brutal traps, poison and aerial gunning to kill thousands of animals, with accidental victims that include federally protected species, family pets and injured people. More than 50,000 non-target animals have been killed since 2000 with indiscriminate tools such as traps, snares and poison.

    18. Read letter from members of Congress asking for federal investigation of WS

    19. Read sign-on letter from WildEarth Guardians re: Jamie P. Olson

    20. Read letter from AWI & Project Coyote to WS re: Jamie P. Olson

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Tara Malinowski ELKTON, MD
      • 2 days ago

      what is this world coming to? why is this disgusting behavior condoned?

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    • Cody Russ SANFORD, FL
      • 2 days ago

      I believe the humans took over the territory of non-human animals, and it is NOT our job to to torture, kill, or harm them for ANY reason, let alone for entertainment.

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    • Catherine Roland BUFFALO, NY
      • 2 days ago

      There are plenty of Humane ways to catch all animals!!!!!!

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    • Carla Thrasher MOORE, OK
      • 4 days ago

      This should NEVER happen. EVER.

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    • Pamela Zivney TURNER, OR
      • 4 days ago

      Because what you do to these animals is disgusting!!!

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