Join us Thursday May 4th from 4-6pm for Kootenai Environmental Alliance’s (KEA) first Happy Hour in our new office space at 206 Indiana Ave., suite 112. This month KEA’s friend and the Education and Outreach Director of Friends of the Clearwater (FOC), Brett Haverstick will be joining us to talk about wildlife and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Service’s use of cyanide bombs as a wildlife “management” tool.
The USDA’s Wildlife Services program —, which kills thousands of predators across the country annually — recently, announced it has abandoned use of M-44 cyanide bombs in Idaho in response to a petition filed by 19 conservation and wildlife organizations. Wildlife Services announced that it has ceased the use of M-44 cyanide bombs on all private, state, and federal lands in Idaho, and it has removed all M-44s that were previously deployed in the state. M-44 devices are spring-loaded and tipped with lethal sodium cyanide. The devices could blast poison on any animals or people that may trigger them.
“This could well be the tipping point that leads to a nationwide ban of these extraordinarily dangerous devices via the legislation introduced in Congress last month,” said Brooks Fahy, Executive Director of the Wildlife advocacy group Predator Defense. “As the recent cases in Idaho, Wyoming and Oregon amply demonstrate, M-44s endanger nontarget wildlife, pets and children, no matter how they are used.”
Free to Attend. No RSVP necessary. Open to the Public.