Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Teen sprayed by ‘cyanide bomb’ visits D.C. to push for laws banning the devices

Canyon Mansfield, 14, was sprayed by an M-44 cyanide device outside his home while walking the family’s 3-year-old yellow Labrador, Casey, on March 16. “I see this little pipe that looked like a sprinkler sticking out of the ground,” Canyon told EastIdahoNews.com in March. “I go over and touch it. Then it makes a pop sound and it spews orange gas everywhere.” Casey died within minutes and Canyon was rushed to Portneuf Medical Center for treatment. The M-44 had been placed on Bureau of Land Management property bordering the Mansfield’s home by a USDA Wildlife Services employee. The controversial devices are used for predator control and the Mansfields believe they should be banned nationwide. “We’re pushing for Canyon’s Law, which is House Bill 1817, that will make it a federal law so no person in this United States can place a cyanide bomb or a Compound 1080 on any lands in the U.S.,” Mark Mansfield, Canyon’s father, said during a FaceTime interview from Washington D.C. In April, the USDA’s Wildlife Services program said it was temporarily halting the use of M-44s on all private, state and federal lands in Idaho. The Mansfields believe the ban should apply in every state and say they have received nothing but support from farmers and ranchers. “Most of the ranchers in our community that we’ve talked to have no reservations,” Mansfield said. “They don’t want these devices on their property. They want Wildlife Services to have a less lazy, less indiscriminate approach to their predator control.”...more

The bill is embedded below. Notice it goes beyond m-44's, and bans the compound from "any device", including  livestock protection collars. The event occurred in Idaho, but the sponsor and co-sponsors are from Oregon and Minnesota.


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