Wildlife trapping to resume at OSU sheep farm

trapping signThe following email was sent yesterday to members of Predator Defense regarding the resumption of wildlife trapping at the Oak Creek Oregon State University sheep farm in Corvallis.

After reading it, please contact the OSU personnel listed below to let them know — politely — what you think.

From: Cassandra Robertson [mailto:cassandra@cassandrarobertson.com]
Sent: Friday, April 19, 2013 8:01 AM
To: cassandra@cassandrarobertson.com
Cc: brooks@predatordefense.org
Subject: OSU’s Oak Creek Sheep Farm is Setting Snare Traps Again

Greetings friends,

I am disappointed to be writing you at this time to announce that after one year since the snare traps were removed from the Oak Creek Oregon State University sheep farm, new signage was distributed on the fence line yesterday stating Wildlife Services is installing “mechanical devices (traps, snares or other restraining devices ).” There are no traps set as of this morning 4/19/13 and we want to keep it that way.

We need your help to contact OSU staff AGAIN and put a stop to this archaic predator control.

Edward Ray

Oregon State University President

541-737-4133

Edward.Ray@oregonstate.edu

Dan Arp

College of Agricultural Sciences, Dean

541-737-2331

arpd@science.oregonstate.edu

OSU Web Mail System – Dean Assistant Loretta Austin

Bill Boggess
College of Agricultural Sciences, Executive Associate Dean
541-737-2331

OSU Web Mail System – Bill Boggess

John Killefer

Animal Science and Rangeland Director

541-737-1891

John.Killefer@oregonstate.edu

Tell them to stop indiscriminate killing of our native, local wildlife. There are many alternatives to lethal predator control and OSU has been given a number of opportunities to work with regional professionals to improve their practices. OSU has not even done the most basic upgrades to their fences to keep coyotes out in the first place. For example, right next to one of the snare trap locations is a 10 ft gate that has a 12 inch space under it. If they truly want no predators on site, they should fix these broken fences first!

I’ve attached the original OSU press release from last February, plus below are the you-tube videos Predator Defense put together last year that mobilized your letters and calls:

Original Video with Trapped Racoon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khCc-9ixgsE

February 2012 KEZI local TV coverage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oat5-_yA-Zg

Thank you for speaking out for the wildlife who cannot speak for themselves! Thank you!

Cassandra Robertson

On the national scale: Predator Defense has been working tirelessly to stop inhumane trapping laws across the nation and has helped expose Wildlife Services through the following articles, plus they have a story coming out on Inside Addition in May:

Highlight: “Sacramento Bee” Exposé on Wildlife Services Leads to Call for Congressional Investigation: http://www.predatordefense.org/USDA.htm#SacBee

Fox News Report, Trapping Accidents: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/13/hundreds-family-pets-endangered-species-killed-by-little-known-federal-agency/

Fox News Report, Wildlife Services Trapping Abuses: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/12/animal-torture-abuse-called-regular-practice-within-federal-wildlife-agency/?intcmp=related

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