A black bear in the wild is lured by a sweet scent — then triggers a device that sprays lethal poison into its face.
This fate befell more than 7,500 animals last year, including five dogs and dozens of foxes.
All because the killing program known as Wildlife Services continues to slaughter animals with devices called M-44s.
Please help end the use of these cyanide bombs with a gift to the Stop Wildlife Services Fund.
Of the animal deaths Wildlife Services caused in 2020 using M-44s, 218 were unintentional.
These devices are vicious and indiscriminate in their killing, leaving a gruesome trail of suffering and death in their wake.
Their slaughter of wildlife is cruel and unacceptable — and we're fighting to stop it.
In response to a 2017 lawsuit brought by the Center, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to analyze impacts of M-44s on endangered wildlife by the end of this year.
But under the Trump administration, the Environmental Protection Agency denied a petition asking for a nationwide ban on cyanide traps.
As we continue to work toward that ban, we'll go county by county, state by state to get M-44s out of the wild.
We've already won restrictions in Idaho and Wyoming — and we're encouraged that the number of animals killed by cyanide bombs decreased in 2020.
But there's much more to do, because there's no justification for ever using M-44s to kill wild creatures.
We won't ever stop our legal actions to get them out of the Wildlife Services' arsenal.
You can help with a gift to the Stop Wildlife Services Fund today.
For the wild,