Media impact & wide coalition win reversal of cyanide bomb policy: The Department of Agriculture announced a ban (temporary) on the use of cyanide bombs to kill wildlife—the bombs are intended for “pests” such as coyotes but in a recent incident, they killed a dog and sprayed a boy in Idaho. The ban is temporary and the agency reserves the right to begin using them again if they give 30 day notice. The incident was heavily covered by the media—showing that the killing of pets (and threats to humans especially children) carry a much heavier impact than their impact on non-target wildlife. The incident also shows how broad coalitions in wildlife that include both organizations focused on biodiversity and animal welfare can form a powerful coalition—the list of organizations opposing the use of the bombs includes the following: Western Watersheds Project, Predator Defense, WildEarth Guardians, the Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Clearwater, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Western Wildlife Conservancy, Nevada Wildlife Alliance, Gallatin Wildlife Association, Environmental Protection Information Center, the Wolf Conservation Center, Wilderness Watch, Klamath Forest Alliance, Northeast Oregon Ecosystems, Yellowstone to Uintas Connection, Footloose Montana, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Project Coyote, Voices of Wildlife, and the Mountain Lion Foundation. See the entire article on which this blog is based at http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2017/04/10/federal-wildlife-killing-agency-agrees-to-halt-use-of-m-44-cyanide-bombs-in-idaho/
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