SANTA FE, N.M. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Records show New Mexico agricultural officials have approved fewer licenses for the use of cyanide bombs — a device deployed by Texas, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming ranchers to kill coyotes.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports records show state-issued licenses for cyanide bombs has declined from 86 in 2015 and 2016 to 54 in 2019. That’s a 37% reduction.READ MORE: Resale Shop Benefitting SafeHaven Domestic Violence Survivors Closed Following 'Significant' Burglary
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week reauthorized the use of devices known as cyanide bombs targeting coyotes.
Ranchers say they still need the devices, also known as M-44s, to kill hungry coyotes, which can cost the industry thousands of dollars a year in livestock losses.READ MORE: Little Elm High School Students, Parents Asked To Attend Listening Session Following Protests About Sexual Assault Allegation
Environmentalists say the devices are a horrible way to kill coyotes and point to collateral damage inflicted on dogs and other animals. They say M-44s also present a risk for humans — even killing a man from Utah last year.
New Mexico is one of five states with local agriculture departments authorized to deploy the devices. An M-44 is essentially a trap coated with bait and loaded with a cyanide capsule that ejects into the mouths of animals lured by the scent.MORE NEWS: Tanker Truck Full Of Fuel Hangs Over Bridge After Collision At Loop 12, Shady Grove
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