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.