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Rodenticides, proposed rules, and raptors

Red-Tailed Hawk, Credit Sophia Landis

The US Environmental Protection Agency is seeking input on new rules restricting rodenticides. As RaptorsAreTheSolution.org points out, wildlife and pets are in daily danger of being poisoned when homeowners, businesses, and exterminators use anticoagulant rodenticides, aka rat poisons, to control rodents. This puts many birds of prey at high risk for secondary poisoning, including California condors, turkey vultures, great horned owls, barn owls, red-tailed hawks, and American kestrels. While bald eagles don’t eat many small rodents, we’ve seen our eagles