The Public Lands Council (PLC) and National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) lauded the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to deny a petition for suspension and cancellation of M-44 Sodium Cyanide Capsules & Sodium Fluroroacetate (Compound 1080) Livestock Protection Collars (LPC).
The groups say that annual cattle and sheep losses to predation are estimated to be $18.3 million and $51 million, respectively. These numbers could easily double or triple in the absence of effective predation management tools, the groups say.
“There are significant restrictions in place to prevent threatened or endangered species from exposure to M-44s and LPCs. EPA stated that M-44s and LPCs do not pose a significant risk to non-target wildlife and there is no substantive reason to ban registration and use of these predator control methods,” the groups say in a release.
“In addition to protecting livestock, these predator control methods aid public safety, combat the spread of disease and reduce wildlife conflict while creating a sustainable balance between people and wildlife.”