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Trump administration reauthorizes use of “cyanide bombs” to kill wildlife


The use of so-called “cyanide bombs” to kill wildlife has been reauthorized by the Trump administration.


The sodium cyanide devices are called M-44s and are used by farmers and ranchers to kill coyotes and foxes.


The decision has been criticized by the Center for Biological Diversity.


Collette Adkins, from the group said:

“Cyanide traps can’t be used safely by anyone, anywhere.
“While the EPA added some restrictions, these deadly devices have caused too much harm to remain in use. We need a permanent nationwide ban to protect people, pets and imperiled wildlife from this poison.”

M-44s killed 6,579 animals, mostly coyotes and foxes, in 2018.