Challenge Mendocino County, CA Contract with Wildlife Services
Animal Legal Defense Fund v Mendocino County
The Animal Legal Defense Fund sued Mendocino County, California, for violating the California Environmental Quality Act by renewing a contract with the federal wildlife-killing program known as Wildlife Services.
Mendocino County suspended its contract with Wildlife Services
Performing Legally Required Environmental Impact Report
In 2014, Mendocino County, California, entered into a $144,000 contract with Wildlife Services, a controversial federal program whose main purpose is to kill animals. The Animal Legal Defense Fund and a coalition of environmental and animal protection groups filed suit in the Superior Court of the State of California against the county, claiming Wildlife Services contract violated the California Environmental Quality Act. Specifically, Mendocino County failed to review environmental impacts prior to contracting with Wildlife Services to kill coyotes, bears, bobcats, foxes, and other animals.
As a result of our lawsuit, Mendocino County agreed to suspend the contract with Wildlife Services and to fully evaluate non-lethal predator control alternatives submitted by the coalition. When the county later reinstated its contract with Wildlife Services, we sued again.
Another settlement followed in 2016, in which Mendocino County agreed to immediately suspend its contract with Wildlife Services pending preparation of a full Environmental Impact Report under the California Environmental Quality Act.
Superior Court Judge Lydia Villarreal found in favor of a coalition of wildlife protection groups, including the Animal Legal Defense Fund, in its challenge to Monterey County, California’s contract renewal with the USDA.August 21, 2017 Press Release
Animal Protection, Conservation Organizations Sue Mendocino County in Response to Wildlife Services Contract RenewalCounty violated California Environmental Quality ActJuly 27, 2015 Press Release
Indiscriminate Killing, Environmental Destruction and Legal Violations Spark ControversyJune 30, 2014 Press Release
Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Center for Biological Diversity v. USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services
Letter sent on April 30, 2019