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Predators are an important part of the ecosystem

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Ever since the Massachusetts Bay Colony began paying a bounty on wolves in 1640, we have waged a war against predators. We've trapped them, used poison baits, or hunted them with guns. In the 1930s, wolves and cougars were being shot and poisoned throughout our national parks system. Between 1917 and 1952, Alaska paid bounties on 128,273 bald eagles, our National bird!

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