Sam Jojola, former Deputy Resident Agent-in-Charge for U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) Office of Law Enforcement, on wildlife trafficking, trophy hunting, Safari Club International, poisoning of birds by the mining industry and kill permits for the wind energy industry (Wild Horse & Burro Radio, Wed., 10/4/17)


Wild_Horse_Burro_Radio_LogoJoin us on Wild Horse Wednesdays®, this Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

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Sam Jojola with a Major Mitchell’s cockatoo and its babies (in the ’90s)

Our guest tonight is Sam Jojola, a former Deputy Resident Agent-in-Charge for U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) Office of Law Enforcement in the Los Angeles area from 2006 to 2008. Sam will be talking about the USDA’s Wildlife Services’ killing of animals, wildlife trafficking, trophy hunting, Safari Club International, the poisoning of birds by the mining industry, kill permits for the wind energy industry, and more.

Sam had over 24 years in federal wildlife law enforcement experience with emphasis in long term covert operations. He worked deep covert operations for 6 years in the legacy USFWS Branch of Special Operations, targeting international wildlife smugglers. From 2003 t0 2006, he worked in San Francisco with the FBI, IRS and ICE on a fascinating task force investigation involving money laundering, tax evasion, trademark infringement and ivory trafficking. In 1994, Sam assisted the Secret Service in a covert capacity to uncover a counterfeiting network in Las Vegas. Sam was also a volunteer Air Marshal following 9/11 for 6 months. Sam’s prior experience includes work as a Correctional Officer in a state penitentiary and as a U.S. Army Light Weapons NCO. Sam is now writing articles for the PPJ Gazette.

This show will be hosted by Debbie Coffey (V.P. and Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs) of Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

To contact us: ppj1@hush.com



4/12/17 – Dawn Vincent, Head of Communications for The Donkey Sanctuary UK, and Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation. In January 2017, The Donkey Sanctuary (UK) issued a report titled “Under the Skin,” about millions of donkeys around the world being killed to produce a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) called ejiao. Listen HERE.

6/21/17 – Bonnie Gestring, Northwest Circuit Rider for Earthworks, on contamination of U.S. waters in perpetuity, caused by mining. Bonnie is co-author of the report Polluting the Future: How mining companies are polluting our nation’s waters in perpetuity. Listen HERE.

8/16/17 – Ginger Kathrens, Founder and Exec. Dir. of The Cloud Foundation, and member of the BLM’s National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board and Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation, Wild Horse Freedom Federation. Listen HERE.

8/23/17 – Terri Farley, best selling author of the Phantom Stallion series for young readers and Susan Wagner, President & Founder of Equine Advocates, on the 2018 Budget threat to kill over 46,000 wild horses and burros, the National Horse and Burro Rangeland Management Coalition Summit (aka the “Slaughter Summit”), Protect the Harvest, secret spaying and more. Listen HERE.

9/6/17 – Russ Mead, Esq., the Vice President & General Counsel of Animal Law Coalition, lobbies for support of animal welfare. Russ talks about wild horses, advocacy, legislation and his efforts to stop horse tripping at rodeos in Oregon. Listen HERE.

9/20/17 – Cathy Liss (Pres.) and D.J. Schubert (Wildlife Biologist) of Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) on the USDA’s Wildlife Services’ out of control killing program that kills approximately 5 million animal each year, endangered species, wildlife and wild horse & burro issues. Read AWI brochure (2011) Managing for Extinction, & AWI Report (2012) Overview of the Management of Wild Horses & Burros. Listen HERE.

9/27/17 – Stephen Nash, the author Grand Canyon for Sale.” An extraordinarily powerful few are controlling public lands that belong to all Americans. Grand Canyon For Sale is a carefully researched investigation of the precarious future of America’s public lands: our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, monuments, and wildernesses. Listen HERE.

10/1/17 – Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation on the Bureau of Land Management’s roundups of wild horses in the Checkerboard area of Wyoming. This roundup that will result in the devastation of the three largest remaining wild horse herds in Wyoming. Listen HERE.


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    • Apparently – theres no need to use non-lethal control! And if they keep this slaughter up – there wont be any creature LEFT to “control”!


  1. SO much to learn and also more laws than I realized that protect wildlife and wild spaces. The trick is to ENFORCE them.
    Sam talked about the problem with air traffic over national parks. It looks as though it is being addressed.

    From Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)

    FAA Faulted for Failure to Implement 2000 Law for Management of Park Air Tours
    Posted on Oct 04

    The Federal Aviation Administration has fallen down on its job of protecting national parks, visitors, and nearby residents from incessant, noisy air tours, according to a lawsuit filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). As a result, nearly 65,000 air tours, most concentrated over a few parks, took off last year without limit on the number, routes, or timing of flights.
    Air tours offer visitors panoramic views of some of America’s most iconic national parks. But the constant whump-whump of low-flying helicopters and loud drone of small planes annoys hikers, rafters and other on-ground visitors. In addition, the intense noise disturbs wildlife and, studies show, changes their behavior, sometimes during critical periods, such as mating.
    Nor are negative impacts limited to park boundaries. Near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, for example, hundreds of homes lie in the path of air fields from which as many as 80 flights a day and more than 15,000 last year were launched. Residents say that helicopter noise is constant and year-round, causing many to lose sleep, suffer from stress, and a host of other complaints.
    Back in 2000, Congress enacted the National Park Air Tour Management Act directing the FAA, in consultation with Park Service, to “establish an air tour management plan for any national park or tribal land whenever a person applies for authority to conduct a commercial air tour.” But the FAA, whose mission is to promote commercial aviation, has yet to establish a single air tour management plan during the ensuing 17 years and shows no signs of doing any in the future.
    “The Park Service is supposed to protect parks for present and future generations but its jurisdiction in essence ends at the treetops,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, noting that several parks, such as Glacier, have tried to end helicopter and fixed-wing air tours but are powerless without action by the FAA. “Our lawsuit is designed to curb damaging overflights and require the FAA to finally manage what is now basically a flying free-for-all.”


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