Unfortunately what is included in this article is about 1% of the full story. Most of the information was taken from a WS employee that was fired a few years ago, or only a small portion of the information is provided in the article. No, it would not cost less to refund ranchers and livestock owners, aquaculture facilities, home owners... A large portion of the work WS performs is on airports for habitat and wildlife management to reduce bird strikes. They are also involved in protection of endangered species (Sierra big horn sheep, snowy plover, CA least tern, Clapper Rail...)all over California and other parts of the USA, but the press very rarely disusses that work. Over 90% of the work has nothing to do with actually removing an animal, most of it is concentrated on habitat management, prevention, and educating property owners how to reduce wildlife conflicts. People don't seem to mind the removal of rats, skunks, raccoons in atticks, bears breaking into homes, coyotes killing pets (and people a couple times).
I apologize for the political gibberish, this webpage is not the place for it to occur.