The recent announcement by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) about its plan to shoot 3,603 Barred Owls in Washington and Oregon over the next few years is a great way to start a conversation about this agency. Why does it exist and exactly what does it do? Is this a necessary federal agency?
Quite the contrary. In fact, the activities of the USFWS carelessly harm citizens and communities not just in Washington State but everywhere they operate.
What is U.S. Fish and Wildlife?
While the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service traces its existence back to 1871, controversy over its activities really began after the Endangered Species Act (ESA) passed in 1972.