from a USDA news release
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services (WS) program is offering public informational sessions in Idaho to explain the M-44 sodium cyanide device and its use in controlling livestock depredation. The session will also focus on how USDA complies with the use restrictions set by the EPA, which authorizes use of the device.
M-44s are an important tool in reducing the loss of livestock due to predators, which is a significant and costly problem for producers. WS is committed to the safe and responsible use of these devices, and the guidance and policies are intended to reduce risks when using the M-44 device. In June, the program also announced a comprehensive review of the use and placement of devices.
The session, free and open to the public, will take place 7-9 p.m. at the following locations:
- Tuesday, July 25, Lewiston Community Center, 1424 Main St., Lewiston;
- Wednesday, July 26, Holiday Inn Boise, 2970 West Elder St., Boise; and
- Thursday, July 27, Idaho State University-Pond Student Union, 1065 Cesar Chavez, Pocatello
WS understands the public’s concern regarding the use of M-44s. It is offering these sessions to provide information about the devices, procedures, and guidelines to ensure that all devices are set in a manner that minimizes the chances of attracting non-target species. WS also continues to restrict M-44 use in areas that are known to have endangered species that might be attracted to the device.
Coyotes, foxes, and feral dogs cause substantial damage to livestock producers, particularly those with sheep and goats. In a 2015 survey of producers, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) found that coyotes nationwide killed an estimated 118,032 sheep and lambs, including almost 3,700 head in Idaho. Sheep and lamb lost to predators is valued nationally at an estimated $32.5 million.
More information about the M-44 device and how it works is available here: M-44 Device for Predator Control.
For more information, please call 208-373-1631.