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A Milestone for Wildlife Protection: BLM Halts Use of Deadly M-44 ‘Cyanide Bombs’

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The Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) is thrilled to share a significant victory in the fight for wildlife protection. Following years of relentless advocacy, education, and the united efforts of conservation organizations and concerned individuals, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced a halt in the use of M-44 devices, infamously known as ‘cyanide bombs’, on the lands they manage.

The Threat of M-44s

M-44s have long posed a grave threat to wildlife, pets, and even humans. These spring-loaded capsules, designed to release deadly cyanide upon triggering, have indiscriminately killed nearly 6,000 animals in 2022 alone, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. The collateral damage included over 150 unintended victims, such as domestic dogs and numerous foxes. The hazardous nature of these devices was heartbreakingly highlighted by the tragic incident involving a 14-year-old boy and his dog, which led to the bill known as “Canyon’s Law.”

United Efforts for Change

The WCC, alongside Predator Defense and other dedicated advocates, has been a vocal opponent of these inhumane devices. Our community’s collective action, including petitions and outreach to Congress, played a crucial role in this achievement. We extend our gratitude to Brooks Fahy of Predator Defense, who has been at the forefront of this battle for decades, tirelessly working to end the use of M-44s.

A recent Associated Press report confirms this significant policy shift by the BLM. However, it’s crucial to remain vigilant. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has begun promoting the term “spring-loaded ejector devices (SLED)” as a replacement for “M-44.” This change in terminology should not obscure the nature of these devices nor the continued need for public awareness and advocacy.

Continued Vigilance and Advocacy

While we celebrate this milestone, the Wolf Conservation Center recognizes that our work is far from over. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and advocate for the complete and permanent ban of these dangerous devices across all federal lands. We believe in coexistence and humane wildlife management practices that respect the balance of our ecosystems.

Join Us in Celebrating and Moving Forward

We invite you to join us in celebrating this victory for wildlife protection. Your support and voice have been instrumental in this success. Together, we can continue to make strides in protecting our wildlife and advocating for their right to thrive in a safe and balanced environment.

Stay informed and engaged with the Wolf Conservation Center as we continue to champion the cause of wolves and wildlife. Together, we are making a difference.

Your support makes a difference. Stay connected with the Wolf Conservation Center for more updates and ways to get involved in our ongoing advocacy and conservation efforts.