The Dallas Morning News
Ill boy causes USDA to suspend cyanide traps
BOISE, Idaho — U.S. officials on Monday temporarily stopped the use of predatorkilling cyanide traps in Idaho after one sickened a young boy and killed his dog last month after they checked it out.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in a letter that it had halted all use of the traps on state, federal and private land in Idaho in response to a petition from 19 conservation and wildlife groups.
The spring-activated devices called M-44s look like water sprinkler heads and are embedded into in the ground but spray cyanide when triggered by animals attracted by bait smeared on the devices.