EPA allows limited use of M-44 devices to continue
December 10, 2019 By Mark Dorenkamp Filed Under: Beef, Livestock, Minnesota, News
EPA will allow the continued use of sodium cyanide to kill wild predators of
livestock in approved states.
compound is used in M-44 devices, and the agency has introduced new
restrictions which include a 600-foot buffer around residences and an extended
barrier for designated walking paths and roads.
Northern Minnesota cow/calf producer Shayne Isane says the M-44 is not registered in Minnesota.
“But I know it’s very effectively used in states west of us where predation is much more prevalent.”
Dakota, Texas, Montana, Wyoming, and New Mexico are the only states that hold
registrations for sodium cyanide products.
Isane tells Brownfield he doesn’t have many options for protecting his animals.
“We are pretty much limited to hunting and trapping of the predators, and that’s because it only can happen by federal trappers that are brought in after we have confirmed kills on our farm, which we’ve had several over the years.”
like the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association are applauding the EPA for
working with USDA to ensure ranchers maintain access to the predator control
But the Center for Biological Diversity calls the decision on M-44’s appalling and says there should be a nationwide ban.
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