One Less Poison

Prairie DogsOne of the most endangered mammals in North America, the black-footed ferret, and the prairie dogs on which they feed, will have one less hazard to worry about this winter.  Defenders won a court victory barring the use of Rozol Prairie Dog Bait in the states of Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Rozol, which contains the blood thinner chlorophacinone, causes death by internal bleeding and hemorrhaging.  Dead and dying prairie dogs can be scavenged by ferrets and raptors, which in turn become poisoned themselves.  Defenders sued the EPA for approving the use of Rozol and ignoring federal safeguards under the Endangered Species Act, the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Black-footed ferretIn a recent decision, a district court in the District of Columbia sided with Defenders, ruling that EPA had indeed violated the ESA by approving Rozol without first consulting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the potential impacts of Rozol on ferrets and other threatened and endangered species.

The final order in the case bars use of Rozol in those four states, requires that Rozol’s manufacturer Liphatech, Inc., notify its distributors not to sell the product in those areas, and prohibits Liphatech from selling or distributing existing stocks in its possession without relabeling it to reflect the ban in those four states.  EPA has also agreed to complete consultation with FWS over Rozol use in 10 states to prevent accidental injury to other listed species in the West.

5 Responses to “One Less Poison”

  1. Sapababy

    Can you get Arizona on the list of banned states for the sale? We have colonies of black footed ferrets in northern az.

  2. Christina

    What other states are still using this to kill prairie dogs? Any movement to stop it from happening in these other states? Thanks! And Good job! I’m glad we did it! 🙂 I didn’t have much money at the time but I signed the petition and donated $15.00 dollars! Every penny and every signature counts!

  3. Nytesong

    I Love Prairie dogs! Stop Killing them!!!! Save the animals, they are precious and special! I send my love and I send protection to all the animals! Hugs to the Prairie dogs and other animals! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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