EPA reverses approval of cyanide bombs used to kill wildlife

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday reversed a recent decision to reauthorize use of M-44s, also known as “cyanide bombs,” to kill coyotes, foxes, and other wild animals.

M-44s are spring-loaded traps filled with sodium cyanide, which Wildlife Services officials use when they kill animals for ranchers and farmers.

Last year, the federal agency killed more than 1.5 million animals, with about 6,500 dying because of M-44s.

Last week, the EPA said that on an interim basis Wildlife Services would be able to use the traps again, but after public outcry, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced Thursday the “withdrawal of EPA’s interim registration decision on sodium cyanide,” adding that the issue “warrants further analysis.”

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