- Lisa JacksonAdministrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Tell the EPA: Ban the Poisons that Kill Wolves
After traveling more than 1,000 miles from her Montana home, a female wolf from the Mill Creek pack met a horrific fate in Colorado -- she was poisoned by the deadly Compound 1080.
Plagued with convulsions, dizziness and unbearable pain, her journey ended in a terrible death on a lonely Colorado road. But sadly, she is not alone.
Wildlife Services, a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, uses Compound 1080 to kill thousands of coyotes and other predators every year.
Compound 1080 is one of the most lethal toxins known to humankind and it often doesn't even reach its intended target, killing imperiled wildlife -- and even domestic dogs -- instead.
The Environmental Protection Agency is deciding whether to allow the continued use of these deadly chemicals to kill wildlife, and they need to hear from you.
Take action now -- urge the EPA to ban the use of Compound 1080 and sodium cyanide to prevent the continued poisoning of wildlife.
- Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
As someone who is concerned about the safety of people, pets and wildlife, I strongly urge your agency to ban sodium monofluoroacetate (commonly called Compound 1080) and sodium cyanide.
Compound 1080 is considered to be one of the deadliest toxins known to humanity. It is classified as a chemical weapon in several countries.
Carcasses with Compound 1080 must be handled as hazardous waste and, if ingested, can kill wolves and other animals. Compound 1080 has even been used to illegally kill wolves and people's pets.
Wildlife Services, a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), regularly uses Compound 1080 to kill coyotes, as well as sodium cyanide to kill coyotes and other predators.
But these poisons don't just threaten their intended targets. They can also poison any threatened or endangered species, people or pets that happen to come into contact with them. And illicit stockpiles have been used to illegally kill wildlife.
Just recently, Colorado state and federal investigators determined that Compound 1080 killed a female wolf in the state -- even though use of the poison by the public has been banned in Colorado since the 1970s. The wolf, known as 314F, had traveled to four states and logged 1,000 miles from her home in Montana before meeting her grim fate.
The continued availability of Compound 1080 poses a threat to people, pets and homeland security. Government reports have concluded that Wildlife Services has been unable to account for stockpiles of the toxins, which leaves the hazardous materials vulnerable to undetected theft and unauthorized use.
There are effective alternatives to Compound 1080 and other wildlife poisons, including a wide range of proactive, nonlethal methods for protecting livestock such as fencing, guard animals, fladry, non-lethal ammunition and improved animal husbandry.
For the safety of our people, our pets and our wildlife, I strongly urge you to ban the use of Compound 1080 and sodium cyanide.
Thank you for considering my comments.
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