Trump administration re-authorizes 'cyanide bombs' to kill wildlife

Trump administration re-authorizes 'cyanide bombs' to kill wildlifeUS President Donald Trump’s administration has re-authorized the use of controversial poison traps known as “cyanide bombs” to kill wild foxes, coyotes and feral dogs despite overwhelming opposition from conservation groups. The devices, known as M-44s, which are implanted in the ground and resemble lawn sprinklers, use a spring-loaded ejector to release sodium cyanide when an animal tugs on its baited capsule holder. The decision to re-instate their use was announced in the Federal Register earlier this week, and met with outrage by environmental groups that led a campaign to flood the Environmental Protection Agency with more than 20,000 letters.

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