Ban the Use of Cyanide to Kill Wildlife

Target: Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Goal: Call for a complete ban on traps using cyanide to kill predatory species, including deadly M44 devices.

Environmental groups including the Center for Biological Diversity are calling for an immediate ban on the use of cyanide traps such as the M44 device, which they argue are harmful to endangered species such as wolves and put family pets and children at risk. These groups are now urging that the EPA step in and ban the use of this poison, which they say poses an “imminent hazard” to people, pets and wildlife alike.

Earlier this year, a boy from Idaho watched as his beloved dog frothed from the mouth and died within minutes of triggering a cyanide trap a few hundred yards from their home. Additionally, an endangered gray wolf was found dead in Oregon after it was attracted to one of these baited traps.

Both Oregon and Idaho have issued temporary or localized bans on the use of cyanide traps, yet this is not enough. Thousands of “non-targeted” species have died since 2011, including an estimated 40 dogs and a number of endangered species.

These traps pose a significant threat to biodiversity, as well as to humans and their pets. Sign below to demand that the use of cyanide be banned as means of killing wildlife.


Dear Administrator Pruitt,

People and family pets, along with many endangered species, have been put at risk as a result of government-placed cyanide traps intended to protect livestock. The threat these traps pose to unintended targets, including a boy and his dog from Idaho who accidentally triggered one of these traps, is too great for us to tolerate. It is estimated that 40 dogs have died as a result of M44s and similar devices, and a handful of people have been made sick. It is likely only a matter of time before a human fatality occurs.

The risk these traps pose to endangered wildlife and biodiversity as a whole must not be ignored. Cyanide traps kill indiscriminately, and there is little evidence they are keeping livestock safer. We urge you to ban the use of cyanide in predator-targeting traps immediately so that people, pets and threatened wildlife species will not continue to be put at risk.


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  1. So, basically, with these traps, the American government is mass-murdering animals indiscriminately all over the country. How sickening. This must stop!


  3. Signed. Karma to ALL worthless lying cheating stealing scumbag politicians and Govt supported trash organizations responsible for allowing the heinous horrific unjustified intentional cruelty plus murder of innocent life at taxpayers expense!!!!

  4. Any animal or Human could step on one of these . A human could trip over one and fall with his or her face close to or downwind of the poison. there has to be a better way to control Coyotes.

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