Target: California Assemblymember Richard Bloom
Goal: Ban the use of first and second-generation rat poison, as it harms other wildlife
National Geographic made a mountain lion named P-22 famous when a picture of him appeared in their December issue. However, in March 2014, a remote camera showed him looking ill and tattered. Biologists captured the mountain lion and treated him for mange and gave him Vitamin K injections. It’s believed that the mountain lion is suffering after being exposed to rat poison, a substance that has killed two mountain lions in previous years. These toxic chemicals need to be banned immediately, as they are hurting wildlife.
P-22 calls the Los Angeles Griffith Park his home, where he lives within close proximity to other humans and their dangerous freeways. Because there are so many housing units in the area, many residents use rat poison to take care of not just rodents, but bigger problems like coyotes, bobcats, and birds of prey. For two decades, scientists at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area have researched the effects of these rat poisons on various wildlife and their findings have been largely negative. In 2004, they found that two mountain lions along with numerous coyotes had died from internal bleeding. The culprit was rat poison.
There are two kinds of rat poison, first-generation and second-generation. Both of these chemicals are available in home improvement stores such as Home Depot and Lowes. The second-generation rat poison is the most deadly and have been recently banned from retail shelves, but licensed pest control companies can still use them.
Assemblymember Richard Bloom is trying to ban the use of these poisons throughout California’s state and national parks, as they are negatively impacting our wildlife. He believes a better solution needs to be found, and if you agree with his opinion, sign this petition.
Dear Assemblymember Richard Bloom,
The recently captured mountain lion P-22 has captured the attention of biologists and animal advocates due to his ill state. This mountain lion had been treated for mange and injected with Vitamin K when biologists realized he had been exposed to rat poison. While these chemicals are meant to deal with rodents, animals such as coyotes, birds of prey, and bobcats have been harmed when ingesting these poisons. These chemicals are devastating to other wildlife and they should be banned from our state and national parks.
I realize that you’re sponsoring a bill banning the use of these poisons in California’s state and national parks. I am writing this letter in support of your bill and I hope that it will get approved. California needs to find a better solution to our rodent problems that doesn’t involve hurting other wildlife. Thank you for your efforts to find this solution.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: USFWS via Wikimedia Commons