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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Mary Cummins. Poison does not solve problems. It just creates bigger problems. Animal Advocates


Mary Cummins. Poison does not solve problems. It just creates bigger problems. Animal Advocates

Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates, real estate, appraiser, appraisal, Los Angeles, California
Mary Cummins, Animal Advocates, real estate, appraiser, appraisal, Los Angeles, California.

A friend of mine just posted this in relation to public policy, "Greek mythology. All the monsters and stories in Green mythology were ways of describing real-life situations that happen over and over. For example, consider Hydra: you chop off one head, and two grow back. Isn't that a great metaphor for what we call the "law of unintended consequences?" You adopt a public policy to solve one problem, and by doing so, you create two more."

This is exactly what I'm taking about in regard to poisoning wildlife. If you poison rats, ground squirrels you aren't solving a problem. You aren't cutting off the head of an animal. In reality you are creating bigger problems, more problems. You are causing two heads to grow back where you cut off one. Poisoning wildlife kills non-target wildlife. It also gets in the water run off and ends up in the ocean. Over time the wildlife become "immune" to the poison and you have to make it stronger. This stronger poison can kill more non-target wildlife, domestic pets, farm animals and people.

There have been many cases of people trying to gas ground squirrels by tossing gas canisters into their tunnels. Problem is we don't know where the tunnels lead. In one case three children playing in a basement were killed when a ground squirrel tunnel led to the basement.

When it comes to rodenticide there are different problems. Non-target wildlife such as birds can and will eat scattered poison. You are supposed to use a bait box specifically made for your target animal, i.e. rat, mouse, ground squirrel. Most people just scatter it because it's easier. Plus, the bait stations might be damaged by animal activists. This causes birds, cats and dogs to die.

We also must consider not just direct poisoning of non-target wildlife but secondary poisoning. Hawks will kill and eat ground squirrels and rats that have been weakened by poison. I see raptors, coyotes sitting right outside bat stations to pick off and eat poisoned ground squirrels and gophers. Birds of prey end up dead. Coyotes end up with mange and open sores.

Something which most people don't consider is that kids will see the poison and think it's candy. It doesn't have a bittering agent because they want rats to eat it. The poison is generally brightly colored but sometimes not. On top of this you don't have to eat the poison directly to die from it. You can contact the poison through dermal and inhalation contact. I almost died from this contact. Poison control told me I'd have to eat handfuls to be poisoned. That is not the case. I will talk about my accidental poisoning later.

One more example of Hydra. In Hawaii they decided to plant cane sugar and pineapple. Non-native rats brought over on boats were eating their crops. They decided to release mongoose to kill the rats. They didn't think it through. Rats are nocturnal. Mongoose are diurnal. They weren't awake at the same time to kill them. Instead island was over run with mongoose. Now they have to get rid of mongoose and rats. They have not been successful at either.

Poison does not solve problems. It just creates bigger problems. The only way to control unwanted wildlife populations of mice, rats, ground squirrels, bunnies is by controlling food, water and shelter. If that can't be done, there are ways to control their reproduction.

Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.


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