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NCBA: PLC applauds rejection of petition to ban predator control tools

The Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen's Beef Association applauded a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to deny a petition for suspension and cancellation of M-44 Sodium Cyanide Capsules & Sodium Fluroroacetate (Compound 1080) Livestock Protection Collars.

Annually, cattle and sheep industry losses to predation are estimated to be $18.3 million and $51 million respectively and in the absence of effective predation management tools these numbers could easily double or triple.

"Ranchers invest a great deal of time, care, and resources to protect their livestock," explained Skye Krebs, a rancher from Ione, Ore., and Public Lands Council President. "M-44s and Livestock Protection Collars are important tools in guarding their animals from predators."

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.

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.

"M-44 and LPC are critical tools in the care and raising of our animals," said Krebs. "It is imperative that we are able to use these resources to protect our livestock and to minimize economic losses so we can continue to provide the nation with abundant food and fiber."

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