EPA reauthorizes use of cyanide traps by the US Wildlife Service Dept

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Binman4OSU

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The EPA has reauthorized use of M-44 cyanide traps by the US Dept of Agriculture Wildlife Services division.

The authorization for their use expired at the end of 2018. The EPA proposed in January 2019 to renew the use of the controversial traps but opened it up to public discussion until March 2019 prior to making their decision

From Jan to March the EPA received over 20,000 letters urging the discontinue use and 10,000 of thousands of online comments to ban the practice.

The EPA released their decision yesterday. They noted they public response was 99.9% in favor of the EPA banning the use of the controversial method and stated there is a concern to residential areas and ecological concerns but they would not stop the Wildlife Services from using the devices but have updated their rules for use.

The poison traps can no longer be placed within 100 ft of a public road or pathway which was increased from 50ft.
Elevated warning signs must be posted within 15ft of the device which was decreased from 25ft
New Rule that any person living within a half mile of the trap placement must be notified prior to it being placed

In 2018 a family in Idaho sued the Federal govt for $150k+ after one of the cyanide traps placed just behind their fence in their back yard killed their dog and injured their son. The Govt claims the family was negligent which led to the accident and the family says they were never notified the trap was there.

Wildlife Services said they killed 6,579 animals in 2018 with the traps but did acknowledge the traps killed non target animals such as foxes, opossums, raccoons, skunks, and bears.
 
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Saw three of these set on a hunting lease on private property. Killed three coyotes. They weren't five feet away from each canister. Very scary. I wouldn't walk even close to them. Must be a better way.
 

Binman4OSU

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Saw three of these set on a hunting lease on private property. Killed three coyotes. They weren't five feet away from each canister. Very scary. I wouldn't walk even close to them. Must be a better way.
Wow I didn't know they had this many probs with them

In 2003, Mr. Dennis Slaugh of Vernal, Utah, was on public lands and mistook an M-44 for a survey marker. When he pulled on it, the device shot sodium cyanide powder on his face and chest causing him to become violently ill.[9] In February 2006, an M44 device killed a man's dog in Utah, as the dog and owner were walking through public land. The man was also affected by the cyanide in the device, and is seeking compensation from the US Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Service, along with the Utah Department of Food and Agriculture.[10] In 2012 a family dog was killed in Texas.[11] In 2017 a 14-year-old boy in Idaho was injured, and his dog killed, by an M44 near his home.[12] Between 2013–2016, M44 devices killed 22 pets and livestock animals.[13]