Canyons Law Needs Your Help not for Wildlife Alone but Your Kids and Pets and Rescuers

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A Pocatello family is back after their legislative trip to Washington D.C. The family’s dog died after exposure to a cyanide bomb just 300 yards behind their house. It’s been four months since the Mansfield family lost their dog Kasey, and could have lost their son Canyon as well. A usual hike up the mountain turned deadly when the 14-year-old boy triggered an M-44 “Cyanide Bomb” behind their house placed there by the USDA. A week ago the family took a trip to D.C. to get lawmakers to join them in banning compound 1080 and chemicals used in M-44’s also known as cyanide bombs.

The Mansfields are back, Mark Mansfield, Canyon’s Father says, “We’ve learned a little bit about passing a bill. It’s hard. You know it’s a lot of work, a lot of footwork, [and] a lot of talking.”

After a near death experience, Canyon and his family took action. They went to the nation’s capital to help introduce a new bill which could become, “Canyon’s Law.”14-year-old Canyon Mansfield says, “The bill, I believe, is going to be passed, and we just got to believe in it. But if it doesn’t, [we have to] just try and raise awareness of these dangerous devices. I don’t want any other boy having to go up there and experience that.”

Over the course of three long days, the Mansfields met with leaders in the house and senate. It included lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. Some who admit they didn’t know cyanide bombs existed. “We had to also teach them that this organization is just completely strange,” Canyon adds, “It’s like a dark branch of government that nobody really follows and overlooks to see if they’re doing the right thing or not.”

With the help of an Oregon’s Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio, the law is written to ban the use of lethal devices and poisons. Ones like Compound 1080 and chemicals used in M-44’s also known as cyanide bombs. Mark says, “In the House of Representatives it takes several hundred votes to get anything moving. So he’s [Peter DeFazio] gonna have to partner with Idaho Republicans and other Republicans to get it passed, because they all agree this is ridiculous.”

The Mansfields say this is a non-partisan issue, being red or blue doesn’t matter, something needs to change. On the verge of tears Mark says, “Do we need to drag in a dead body to make this bill pass? Because that’s what’s gonna happen. Sooner or later someone’s gonna die. My kid almost died, and I don’t want anyone to die.”

Senate Hearing: Green Groups Say Committee Moving to Gut the Endangered Species Act

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Wyomings Brasso hasnt a clue what he is doing… except managing resources for special interest groups! he wants to do what hes done to Wyoming Wolves to the Endangered Species act…. GUT IT!

On May 10, 2017, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), led a committee oversight hearing called, “Conservation, Consultation and Capacity: State Views on the Need to Modernize the Endangered Species Act.” Green groups decry Barrasso’s desire to “modernize” the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as a gross abandonment of the federal government’s responsibility to imperiled species and their habitats.

Barrasso also held a prior hearing in February called, “Oversight: Modernization of the Endangered Species Act.” Regarding that hearing, Amy Atwood, Endangered Species Legal Director and Senior Attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity (the Center), warned of “Republican-led attempts to weaken [the Endangered Species Act] in the name of ‘modernization.’” According to data gathered by the Center, Barrasso has sponsored eight legislative attacks on the ESA in the past two years and has voted against the ESA 11 times since 2011.

Erik Molvar, Executive Director of the Western Watersheds Project, described Barrasso’s efforts as being “about fundamentally gutting one of our nation’s most important bedrock conservation laws and replacing science-based decision-making with political horse-trading that sells out our endangered wildlife.”

The recent hearing focused solely on the feedback of state wildlife officials, including Nick Wiley, Executive Director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), Larry Voyles, Director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) and the former AFWA President, and Janet Coit, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM).

In the February hearing, Barrasso stated the ESA “is not working today.” In the May hearing, Barrasso weighed in with this announcement:

In recent years, state governments and their state fish and wildlife agencies have increasingly voiced concerns that the Endangered Species Act isn’t living up to its conservation potential. So have counties, wildlife managers, home builders, construction companies, farmers and ranchers, and other stakeholders.

In contrast, the Center pointed out in a press release, “The ESA has been more than 99 percent effective at saving species under its protection from extinction and has put hundreds more on the road to recovery.” The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) and bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) are among those recovered species and a 2015 poll reveals 90 percent of Americans support the ESA as is. The Center has taken the lead in protecting hundreds of endangered species and their habitats through successful lawsuits against the federal government.

Source: Senate Hearing: Green Groups Say Committee Moving to Gut the Endangered Species Act – EnviroNews | The Environmental News Specialists

Wyoming still OK with M-44 coyote-killing devices 

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After Speaking with Canyons Mom Theresa Carman Mansfield​, we have uncovered multiple instances… where issues exist, which also helped in our decision to issue Wyoming, next Montana, and Idaho with Petitions to change hunting up to not just Yellowstone Parks Boundary, but beginning to work towards all National Parks. Our intentions are to help get Tony Povilitis some needed exposure as he has worked on Park Protection for a few years. Another reason which sadly include the recent Poaching of The Canyon Packs Alpha “The White Lady”

One of the reasons that we are helping to get Canyons Law the Media Attention that it requires is just 1 more reason among many why Wyoming has no business managing our Trust Resources !!

Wyomings Agriculture Dept has already been busted for selling banned and considered illegal poisons… What is it going to take?? Perhaps people need to ask Kent Drake, the state Agriculture Department’s predator management coordinator, how it is possible that he sees no problems with M-44s. Does this individual have a conscience at all? Kent Drake needs to find a different job…. perhaps at a snake farm. Oh wait…. they think they are above the law obviously by already selling those poisons….

Clearly these devices are not selective as their Inventor Aphis Utahs Director Julie Young States in an interview with HCN…. A prudent individual would have to ask how is it possible for her to sleep at night…. knowing that her invention could quite possibly cause Canyon Life Long health problems…. of wait…. she says they are selective….

We are putting together a Video to Promote Canyons Law regardless of who thinks it takes away from what they have been trying to do for years!

(AP) – There is no discussion in Wyoming about banning a device designed to kill coyotes by spraying cyanide when triggered, a state official said.

A national debate about the predator-killing M-44 device is unfolding in the wake of a hospitalized teenager and three dogs and a wolf that have been killed recently in Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services division announced it would discontinue using the device in Idaho.

But the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, at this stage, is not planning to follow suit.

There has been no discussion about banning M-44s in Wyoming, Kent Drake, the state Agriculture Department’s predator management coordinator, told the Jackson Hole News & Guide.

“In the Wyoming case, the applicator did nothing wrong,’’ Drake said.

The Wyoming incident involving the device occurred on unmarked private land north of Casper and claimed the lives of two bird-hunting dogs in mid-March.

At any given time, there are about 300 cyanide-propelling M-44s protruding from the ground in Wyoming.

In Wyoming there are 26 restrictions regulating the use of M-44s, guidelines that are set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Among the restrictions is a prohibition against putting the poison “where federally listed threatened or endangered animal species might be adversely affected.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also must be consulted.

U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service lands are off-limits for agricultural producers hoping to reduce numbers of coyotes or foxes, the only species that can be legally targeted with M-44s.

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture does not allow the general public to use the baited sodium cyanide canisters on Bureau of Land Management property.

Drake said that “incidental take” from the poisonous contraptions permitted by the state has been “very, very limited” in his decade-long tenure.

“I think we’ve lost a black bear. There was a wolf, but that was in an area of the state where there was not known to be wolves at that time,” Drake said. “There was a rancher’s dog lost. A couple ravens. That’s most all of it. It’s not too much.”

Lisa Robertson is one Jackson Hole resident who thinks any animal killed by M-44s – targeted or not – is one too many.

“They should have been banned a long time ago,” said Robertson, founder of the animal rights advocacy group Wyoming Untrapped. “They should have been history, and it should have been Wildlife Services’ decision. It ought to be their decision to ban them now.”

Western Watersheds Project Executive Director Erik Molvar was behind the petition that led to Wildlife Services’ ban of M-44s in Idaho.

Molvar said Wyoming wasn’t targeted for a ban in the petition, but there has been talk of expanding the bans to other Western states. Western Watersheds also backs imposing a nationwide ban on M-44s and another poisonous predator-killing device, Compound 1080.

“It’s hard to justify the fact that taxpayer dollars are being used to kill native wildlife,” he said, “when there are so many other ecologically and scientifically sound alternatives.”

Source: Wyoming still OK with coyote-killing devices | Local News | codyenterprise.com

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