M-44 cyanide bombs, a favored weapon of the federal program known as Wildlife Services, lure creatures with a sweet scent before spraying lethal amounts of poison when triggered.
Two dogs, a black bear and dozens of foxes — killed by mistake — were among the 8,000 animals these devices wiped out last year.
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It's not just M-44s. Wildlife Services also uses aerial gunning, body-crushing traps and painful snares in its arsenal.
The result is a staggering loss of wildlife.
Newly released data show that in 2019 this rogue program killed nearly 1.2 million native animals, among them 301 gray wolves, 393 black bears, 300 mountain lions, 777 bobcats, 2,447 foxes and an unknown number of red fox pups from 94 dens — mostly at the behest of the agriculture industry.
But there is hope, because county by county, state by state, we're winning battles against this ruthless bureaucracy.
We gained a ban on traps and aerial gunning in designated "wilderness areas" in Northern California.
We forced Wildlife Services to curb its killing of beavers, bears and other wildlife across Washington state — and worked to stop it from using its lethal tactics in Minneapolis.
And we helped secure strict limits on how and where the program can kill wolves in Idaho — and banned it from using M-44s statewide.
The feds need to get out of the wildlife-slaughter business.
Populations of wildlife are plummeting across the planet, putting us on the precipice of an extinction crisis that could kill off a million species.
We can't tolerate the purposeful, mass killing of wild creatures.
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