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.

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