Rat poison is killing owls at an alarming rate, says the provincial Ministry of Agriculture.
Between October 2017 and January 2018, B.C.’s Animal Health Centre found five owls with traces of anticoagulant rodenticides in their livers.
Martina Versteeg, raptor care supervisor at Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (OWL), explains:
“When the rat or mouse eats a piece of poison they are able to pull it out of the bait box, leaving it on the ground or they get sick out in the open and die anywhere from two to three days. This makes them easy prey for owls, hawks, eagles, coyotes, dogs and cats, who then can get secondary poisoned by the residues in the rodent’s body. The poison can make predators ill and more susceptible to other injuries, or can outright kill them.There are many ‘green’ labeled pest control companies who falsely claim a more humane option but actually use the same high potency poison as other commercial pest control applicators.”
That’s right – poison does not just kill rodents, it kills owls too. Imagine what it might be doing to humans.
This is one of many reasons Humane Solutions never uses poison. You can trust us to eliminate your animal & pest problems safely and effectively. Always.
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