By Peter Young on Aug 15, 2013
20 coyotes released in a second, unclaimed action at a USDA predator research
facility in 1999.
Occasionally an Animal Liberation Front action (or one that bears its mark) will
go both unclaimed and unnoticed by nearly everyone. An attempted arson and
release of 20 coyotes at the USDA Predatory Research Facility in Millville, Utah
was just such an action.
On August 1st, 1999; persons unknown cut their way into locked coyote pens and
released 20 coyotes. Subsequently, a fire was set near a building, but failed to
An employee at the facility bluntly explained how the liberators got through the
“They pretty much cut their way through”
The only known mention came in a small Logan, Utah newspaper, which
reported the incident. There was no claim of responsibility, and to my
knowledge, the action was never reported in any animal rights media source.
The USDA coyote research facility near the Utah State University campus.
Similar to previous raid at the coyote lab
The USDA Predatory Research Facility was put on the map seven years earlier in
1992 in a very similar action, when the Animal Liberation Front released dozens
of coyotes and set fire to two buildings there. The action was part of the ALF’s
“Operation Bite Back,” which targeted a half-dozen wildlife (primarily fur)
operations in the early-1990s.
The attack temporarily halted research at the facility, and 33 coyotes were
Coyote research facility continues to this day
The coyote research lab continues to operate to this day, imprisoning over 100
coyotes for experiments to benefit the trapping and livestock industries. The
facility covers 164 acres and lies in at the base of a mountain range just south
of the Utah State University campus in Millville, Utah. It is the country’s only
coyote research facility financed by the government.
Over 100 coyotes are imprisoned at the lab
Much history goes unwritten
The brief media report is all that we may ever know about this action.
If you come across reports of other unpublicized actions that bear the mark of
the ALF, please
submit to Animal Liberation Frontline so this history can be documented.