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.
Two U.S. congressmen are once again calling for a probe of a little-known federal agency called Wildlife Services, citing photos of animal abuse posted on the Internet by an agency employee.
Facebook photos of ensnared, snarling coyotes ruffled feathers throughout the nation’s environmental community last month, prompting an agency investigation into an employee still working for the Casper-based Wyoming Wildlife Services.
Photos of animal abuse and suffering posted on a federal wildlife specialist’s Facebook and other Web pages are stirring anger among wildlife advocates.
Graphic images of wild animals trapped and tortured by a federal government employee went viral in late October, raising public outrage.
Social media isn’t friendly to trappers.