EUGENE, OR – Close to 100 victims/survivors, physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and other affected parties are urging Oregon wildlife managers to address a critical public safety issue–the government’s ongoing use of deadly M-44 sodium cyanide devices, also known as “cyanide bombs” (see note below*), for predator control. They are requesting an end to the use of M-44s statewide and removal of all devices currently deployed.
Thousands of pets and wild animals have already been killed by M-44s in Oregon and beyond. People have been poisoned and suffered long-term health effects. One adult has died in Utah, following cyanide exposure from an M-44, and a teenager in Idaho who was poisoned appears to have only escaped death because of wind direction.
“This is vital public safety issue,” said Brooks Fahy, executive director of the national wildlife advocacy group Predator Defense. “M-44s must be banned before a child is killed.”
The individuals and groups who signed the detailed letter to…
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