Stephen M. Vantassel was interviewed by Rachel Cramer of Yellowstone Public Radio (Billings, MT) as part of a story on M-44s. The approximately 9 minute radio story was entitled “As Critics Push to Ban ‘Cyanide Bombs’, Ranchers Share What’s At Stake.”
What are M-44s?
M-44s are sodium cyanide devices that are used to kill coyotes and red foxes that are endangering livestock. They are highly controversial partly because opponents mischaracterize them by calling M-44s “Cyanide bombs”. M-44s are NOT bombs. They do not explode. There is no gun powder or burning material associated with these devices. In fact, they are fired by a spring-loaded piston that strikes the cyanide capsule, sending cyanide laden powder into the predator’s mouth.
Why are M-44s Controversial?
I have written elsewhere on the topic of M-44s so I will not repeat my comments here. But rest assured that a key motivation against M-44s is due to the belief that dog owners have the “constitutional right” to let their dogs roam free wherever and whenever they wish. Leashed dogs do not encounter M-44s. If you are aware of an incident where a leashed dog encountered a M-44, please drop me a note. I would love to hear about it.
You can hear the entire presentation on Yellowstone Public Radio by clicking the link below. Her interview of me occurs in the latter half of the presentation.