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The Wildlife Services (WS) program, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), helps alleviate wildlife damage to agricultural, urban, and natural resources. WS also addresses wildlife threats to public health and safety and conducts activities to protect endangered and threatened species from predators. WS believes that predators are necessary components of ecosystems and play an important part in the environment. The goal of the WS program is to manage the damage caused by wildlife, not to eradicate wildlife populations.