The use of cyanide bombs for wildlife “control” by state agencies is allowed in several states including New Mexico, Texas, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. These devices kill wildlife and harm people. According to the Mountain Lion Foundation,
these inhumane devices are responsible not only for the deaths of thousands of wild animals every year but are also the cause of serious injury to people.
Carnivores like coyotes [and lions – ed note] are lured in by the smell of bait. When they tug on the bait, the M-44 device is triggered, releasing deadly sodium cyanide into the animal’s mouth. Unfortunately, any animal or person that triggers these
“bombs” can be seriously injured or killed.
The EPA can be reached at:
Andrew Wheeler, Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency
William Jefferson Clinton Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Mail Code: 1101A
Washington, DC 20460