Saturday, March 18, 2017

Something to Hate More than Leg Traps for Animals, the M-44 Cyanide Bomb

The M-44 is a device which explodes and sprays sodium cyanide, ostensibly into a coyote's mouth but they're more indiscriminate than that.  Some refer to the device as a cyanide bomb and the Department of Agriculture uses them for animal control but it doesn't differentiate between the types of animals it kills.  If the animal can pull on the M-44, it's going to explode.  (WIKI:  M44 (cyanide device))

The M44 was invented in the 1960s to replace a different device known as a 'coyote-getter' which made use of powdered cyanide ejected by a primer. The M44 reduces the risk to humans from the earlier device. They are considered relatively unsafe because of the lack of selectivity they're supposed to afford.


A cyanide bomb yesterday killed a dog and injured the kid who was with him and this beastly device was placed not far from his home.  (RT:  Anti-coyote ‘cyanide bomb’ hurts 14yo Idaho boy, kills his dog)

An Idaho family is outraged after a device planted by predator-control agents near their home sprayed their 14-year-old son and killed the family dog.

The device, called an M-44, is spring-loaded to discharge poisonous sodium cyanide powder if it is pulled on. The US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services uses the scent-baited booby-traps to kill predator animals like coyotes, foxes, wolves, and cougars that can pose a risk to homes, livestock, and hiking trails.

However, in Thursday’s incident, which occurred near Buck Skin Road east of Pocatello, Idaho, an M-44 sprayed Canyon Mansfield, 14, and his three-year-old yellow Lab, Casey, as the two were walking on a hill near the family home.

- RT

No way anyone would call that placement reckless, not to mention the evil way it works.

“I look over and see him having a seizure,” Canyon said, adding, “I ran over and he had these glassy eyes. He couldn’t see me, and he had this red stuff coming out of his mouth.”

The boy called for help, and his father Mark, a medical doctor, tried to resuscitate Casey, but failed.

- RT


The state cops a plea.

The unintentional lethal take of a dog is a rare occurrence. Wildlife Services policies and procedures are designed to minimize unintentional take or capture of domestic pets. It posts signs and issues other warnings to alert pet owners when wildlife traps or other devices are being used in an area for wildlife damage management. M-44s are spring-activated devices that release cyanide when they are activated through upward pressure or pulling. These devices are only set at the request of and with permission from property owners or managers. This is the first unintentional take with an M-44 device in Idaho since 2014.


Well, you know, it's been a couple of years since we whacked the last one you can prove we whacked so screw it.


Anonymous said...

The killing of coyotes to keep humans safer is ridiculous. Coyotes kill your dogs and cats but not your children.
Those predators cause less human deaths per year than bees or sharks.

Peas InOurThyme said...

I didn't think I would see any vote of confidence for these traps and you show the basis for using them is false in the first place. It's just stone evil, top to bottom.

Anonymous said...

There are used as population control. Pet owners are a little skewed. Kill this?animal so he does kill mine. And coyotes are barely removed from the dogs the owners are trying to protect.

Peas InOurThyme said...

I really wouldn't put up with it if they were trying to make a walking path for Jesus. Perennially, animals are the offenders whenever they are somewhere humans want to live so that makes it ok to whack them.

The result of that in another theater is 80% of a variety of bumblebees are now gone and some measure of that is due to habitat loss. This was not the colony-collapse disorder they have seen in hives since bumblebees don't live in them and usually live in much smaller colonies underground.