Wildlife Emergency Services

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Petitioning Bell Labs

Scotts Miracle-Gro snap traps are killing wildlife!

  The newer rat snap traps, the black plastic ones with interlocking teeth, are very effective in doing what they are intended to do - killing rats. But, when placed outdoors, uncovered, or in open crawlspaces, these traps pose a serious threat to other animals - wild birds, opossums, raccoons, skunks, fox, dogs and cats - even deer. The number of non-target animals injured or killed by these traps has increased significantly in recent years. We've contacted the makers of these traps, Bell Laboratories and Scotts Miracle-Gro, asking them to:  - Add a distinct warning label to retail packaging. - Include safety precautions specific to wildlife, pets and children in: marketing sell sheets wherever instructions for consumers are advertised in training material for industry professionals See sample labeling and language HERE. We are very pleased with the response from Bell Laboratories. Bell Labs produces snap traps for the professional market. As of March 22, they made changes to the product's web page and sell sheet, clarifying non-target exposure and how it can be prevented. See the changes, HERE. Please, sign this petition asking Scotts Miracle-Gro to add warning labels and precautionary statements regarding risk to non-target animals to their product's packaging and promotional material. SCROLL FOR VIDEOS BACKGROUND On September 16, 2014, in response to an increased number of animals injured or killed in these types of traps, Wildlife Emergency Services contacted the original manufacturer, Bell Laboratories, asking them to consider adding warning labels to help reduce the number of non-target wildlife injuries. They responded by saying they would look into it. That same year, Scotts Miracle-Gro acquired Tomcat, the consumer brand of rodent traps manufactured by Bell Labs. As time went on, more and more animals were being found caught in these spring-loaded traps, including wild birds, like this white crowned sparrow that suffered two broken legs in a trap. Even large animals are at risk. In 2015, a deer was found with one of these traps on its muzzle, preventing it from eating. See the news coverage, HERE. Most wild mammal species are protected by state and federal regulations. Most wild birds are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which prohibits the take - the injuring or killing of any migratory bird. Under the Endangered Species Act, unauthorized take of any listed bird or mammal can result in a violation of the ESA with fines reaching up to $50,000 per take. ESA also contains a citizen suit provision, allowing the public to initiate litigation to address alleged violations of the Act. It would seem, then, once aware of the issue, failure of a company to take action to reduce the likelihood of death or injury to protected species from misuse of its product(s) could result in violations for which the manufacturer, distributor, retailer or even the consumer could be held responsible.  Please, help put pressure on Scotts Miracle-Gro to take responsibility and help protect our children, wildlife and pets. VIDEOS: Growing Number Of Skunks Caught In Rat Traps - CBS News Young Skunk v T-Rex Rat Trap Another Skunk In A Rat Trap Again A Skunk In A Snap Trap Skunk's Paw Severed By Snap Trap Skunk Caught In COVERED Rat Trap Baby Skunk Caught In A Rat Trap

Wildlife Emergency Services
1,665 supporters
Petitioning California Fish and Game Commission

Approve a statewide ban on bobcat trapping.

It is time to end recreational and commercial trapping of bobcats in California.  Right now, the California Fish and Game Commission is amending its bobcat trapping regulations. They have two options - a partial ban or a statewide ban. They will be voting August 5th. Please, sign this petition urging the Commission to approve a statewide ban on bobcat trapping. Pass it on!

Wildlife Emergency Services
3,548 supporters
Petitioning Director Charlton Bonham

Charlton Bonham, Director, Department of Fish and Game: Consider change to mountain lion policies.

At dusk on Friday, November 30th, 2012, two sibling mountain lion cubs, between 5 and 9 months of age, were observed on the 800 block of Correas Street in Half Moon Bay, hiding just a stone's throw away from expansive open space and wild land. According to reports, wardens attempted to shoo the animals away, but, the following day, the animals was spotted again, still together, but this time in someone's backyard. It is unclear what transpired next, but both cubs were shot and killed by wardens, with public safety being cited as the main reason. Public safety must come first, and in cases involving potentially dangerous animals lethal control is understandable. However, circumstances surrounding this particular incident bring into question whether the cubs posed an imminent threat to public safety and if killing the orphans was the most appropriate answer. According to wildlife experts, the cubs were still very dependent on their mother - typically, mountain lion cubs stay with their mother for nearly two years. Their thin body condition could indicate they’d lost her - perhaps she was killed. Experts also explain the cubs’ described behavior - allowing humans to approach, as something that is not so unusual for motherless, starving, or otherwise desperate young, such as these. Because of their age, California wildlife rehabilitators believe the two cubs were excellent candidates for rehabilitation and release. They were not kittens, so there would have been no danger of imprinting. During rehabilitation, they would have received aversion training, making them less likely to ever approach humans. Unfortunately, in California, the rehabilitation of mountain lions is prohibited. This incident highlights the need for California to have at least one facility for the rehabilitation of mountain lions under certain, very specific situations - such as this. This is an appeal to the California Department of Fish and Game to review current policies regarding mountain lions and consider broadening them to encourage communication and collaboration between wardens and outside wildlife specialists before lethal control is used, if and whenever possible, and, additionally, to consider the possibility of licensing at least one mountain lion rehabilitation facility in California.

Wildlife Emergency Services
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