Conservation groups want ban on toxic weapons
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services uses various traps and poisons to keep predators like this coyote away from livestock. But advocacy groups want two of the devices that rely on toxic agents banned from the landscape.
MONTROSE – Come springtime, the coyotes lurking on Ernie Etchart’s sheep ranch, their minds fixed on a fresh meal of newborn lamb, face a deadly distraction.It’s the alluring stink of rotten meat, smothered on the end of a spring-loaded device staked into the soil near Etchart’s fence line. Any coyote that sniffs it out and takes a bite gets an unwelcome surprise: a burst of sodium cyanide powder.
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PHOTO: Darin McGregor, Rocky Mountian News