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California Bans Rat Poisons, Protecting Bobcats, Mountain Lions

Victory for California’s wildlife!

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Tuesday to restrict the use of certain rat poisons (rodenticides) that have been linked to the deaths of mountain lions and other wildlife.

Though rodenticides are intended to only target rats and mice, other animals such as raccoons, squirrels, and rabbits often mistakenly consume them as well. Poisons don’t work instantly and can cause an animal to suffer and become disoriented in the days leading up to its death, making them easy targets for predators like mountain lions and bobcats.

Learn about the perils of rodenticides.