Update: Wildlife Services announced on April 10 that it has agreed to stop using M44 cyanide bombs in Idaho in response to a petition filed by 19 conservation and wildlife organizations after Casey was killed. "This could well be the tipping point that leads to a nationwide ban of these extraordinarily dangerous devices via the legislation introduced in Congress last month," Brooks Fahy, executive director of Predator Defense, a nonprofit based in Eugene, Oregon, said in a release provided to The Dodo.
Many people hope this is just the beginning of the end of the use of M44 cyanide bombs. "Although a step in the right direction, the federal government must do more to ensure the safety of all Americans, our dogs and wildlife," Michelle Lute, wildlife coexistence campaigner for WildEarth Guardians, said. "We won't rest until a national, permanent ban on M44 cyanide bombs is instituted and strictly enforced."
A boy and his dog, Casey, were taking a walk near their home in Pocatello, Idaho, on March 16 when the unthinkable happened.
The boy, 14-year-old Canyon Mansfield, noticed something sticking about half a foot out of the ground. When he touched it, there was a pop and a "siss" and orange powder shot out.
Canyon jumped back in shock. When he looked for his loyal dog, Casey, he saw him on the ground.