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Owls in North Vancouver, BC are dying from secondary poisoning due to the use of black box rodenticides. 

Capable of eating 1000 rodents per year, raptors are the most natural solution to the rodent problem. Let's stop poisoning their food supply!

Please help us by signing this petition to ask the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver to remove all rodenticides from publicly owned property including recreation centres, government buildings and parks.

Lucky, the Barred Owl featured in the photo, was rescued from Heywood Park due to rodenticide poisoning. It was his second poisoning in 3 weeks! He is miraculously recovering at O.W.L Rehab in Delta, B.C.

Bait boxes with poisons are not supposed to be used in outdoor public spaces. Unfortunately, hundreds of rat bait boxes have been found near the surrounding woods and park spaces across North Vancouver. This is primary habitat for owls & other wildlife. 

Despite what many people are told, and what is written on labels, no poison is safe. When rodents eat poison bait, death is not immediate. It can take several days. Rodenticides ultimately cause a slow and painful death. This in itself, is inhumane.

During this prolonged period of dying, rodents become weakened from internal bleeding. This makes them easy prey for predators. When a predator catches and ingests the poisoned rodent, it too, becomes the subject of a poisoning. Sadly, many predators also die as a result.

Multiple studies have shown that a wide variety of species contain traces of rodenticides, not just owls and other raptors. Foxes, bobcats, cougars, coyotes, racoons, skunks, and even pet cats and dogs can contain traces of these poisons. No animal is exempt. Even children have been made sick from ingesting the poison bait.

Rodenticides disrupt the natural food chain of our ecosystem. When we poison and kill our predators, rodents are free to breed unchecked and their population can grow out of control. Any use of rodenticides is a danger to non-target wildlife, your pets, and your family.  

Our mission: We ask that you please sign this petition and send an email asking the Mayor of The City of North Vancouver (mayor@cnv.org) and the Mayor of the District of North Vancouver (mayor@dnv.org) to remove all rodenticides from publicly owned property. 

We would then like to take this petition to lobby the Provincial Government of BC, asking for a province wide ban on the use of rodenticides and/or allow for local governments to set their own bylaws when it comes to the use of these substances.

References:

May 2020 article about Lucky from The North Shore News: https://www.nsnews.com/news/lucky-north-van-owl-poisoned-twice-in-a-month-1.24130149?fbclid=IwAR0sW2PeWO7XDmLX7lSxpnlF7hv0uakpVwRuSs3NnheNshxCmIkKMBhUm8w

Reference this article from 2017: https://www.nsnews.com/news/owls-fall-prey-to-poison-in-north-van-1.23127211

Reference this article from 2019:
https://www.northshoredailypost.com/rat-poison-is-killing-owls-in-dnv/

 



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