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Restricting Rat Poison Could Have Saved Coyote Pup

Restricting Rat Poison Could Have Saved Coyote Pup

The recent death of a coyote pup at the Animal Rescue Team in Santa Ynez, Calif., gave another heartbreaking face to the problems with using poison to kill rodents.

While rodenticide poisons are commonly used to control “pests” at both residences and commercial operations, their use has continued to raise concerns about their inhumane nature and the deadly effects they have in cases of secondary poisoning.

The poisons used, typically anti-coagulant rodenticides (ARs), lead to a horrific death for their victims who eventually die of internal bleeding. Second generation poisons are extremely toxic and can kill with one dose, but it may take several days before signs start showing. Before then, victims are more vulnerable to dying of other injuries that may have otherwise been minor or predation.

Problems with these poisons moving up the food chain when other animals prey on victims have been well documented and are causing serious problems for wildlife.

The facility’s Director Julia Di Sieno told NewsChannel 3 that this was the third coyote to die this month as a result of rodent poison.

In this pups case, she was left to suffer as a shadow of what a young and healthy coyote should be. She was down to skin and bones with barely any hair covering her small body as a result of contracting mange. Coyotes who eat poisoned rodents may not die of poisoning, but as a result of diseases they become more vulnerable due to a weakened immune system.

Unfortunately, coyotes aren’t the only species who are falling victim to ARs. They’ve been known to kill pets and other wild animals, including endangered species, such as the San Joaquin kit fox, Northern spotted owl and Bald eagles. Researchers also recently discovered that rare populations of Pacific fishers were being killed by rodenticides used at marijuana growing sites near Redwood National Park and in the southern Sierra Nevada in and around Yosemite National Park.

Di Sieno said that 60% of the suspicious cases that are sent to a lab at the University of California, Davis come back testing positive for rodenticide or pesticides poisoning.

While conservationists have been campaigning to get these deadly poisons off of store shelves and urging the state to do something about this problem, California is currently considering restricting these chemicals and pulling them from store shelves.

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation is considering a proposal to restrict the use of second generation ARs to licensed professionals to reduce unintended exposures and believes that licensed users are more likely to use alternatives before resorting to the use of pesticides, which will further help protect wildlife.


Please sign and share the petition urging the Department of Pesticide Regulation to restrict the sale and use of these toxic poisons.

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2:37AM PDT on Apr 25, 2014

Thank you

10:08AM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Of course the government doesn't care, after all it was government personnel along with ther Corporate mentors that authorized the gassing of Jews in the Nazi era. The US government gang are no different than that and would authorize any murders if they could. Take the Fish and Widlife "Service" which spreads the deadliest of poisons around the landscape and kills millions of wildlife every year (along with dogs and children). Most of those subhumans who work in and run government agencies like USDA, FDA, FWS, BLM, etc. should be treated for what they are.. domestic terrorists.

3:13AM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

signed, thanks for sharing :)

9:42AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

Has anyone made the connection of all the poisons used and autism, birth defects in babies of all species, in allergies, skin conditions, and other health problems in animals and humans

8:21AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

Shameful----all pesticides must be shelved. Petition signed. Thanks

3:49AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

Because of the possible decrease in unnecessary death

1:32AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

Thanks for the article.

9:20PM PDT on Aug 23, 2013

ban all these evil products, that's why I never let my 2 cats outside in their 12 years, those pot growers are not representative of all growers!....I always felt that the animals who visit deserve a buzz like any one else.......

10:43AM PDT on Aug 23, 2013

There may have been a reason I don't understand, but someone please tell me why this beautiful creature was allowed to suffer rather than being euthanized. Usually the Wildlife authorities are only too happy to kill an animal. Where were they in this instance? Usually I am the last person on the planet to inquire into euthanization, but an animal suffering and in pain with no hope of recovery......???/

12:16AM PDT on Aug 22, 2013

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