Without government, who would leave unprotected cyanide bombs outside to kill people’s dogs?

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Image: M-44 Cyanide Bomb, USDA
Image: M-44 Cyanide Bomb, USDA

A “cyanide bomb” planted by U.S. predator-control agents targeting coyotes near homes and hiking trails in Idaho exploded when a boy handled the device, injuring him and killing his dog, authorities and relatives said on Friday.

Canyon Mansfield, 14, was playing with his yellow Labrador retriever, Casey, on Thursday afternoon near his home east of Pocatello when he saw what he thought was a sprinkler head on the ground and touched the device, causing it to detonate.

The explosion sprayed the boy and his 3-year-old, 90-pound (40 kg) pet with toxic cyanide gas, according to the boy’s mother, Theresa Mansfield.

“Canyon said there was a bang like a bomb, then an explosion of an orange substance that covered him and Casey, who was writhing in pain on the ground before he died right in front of Canyon,” she said.

Her husband, Pocatello physician Mark Mansfield, rushed to the scene and pounded on the dog’s chest in a futile effort to revive the animal.

The family and first-responders underwent decontamination procedures and the boy, who was sprayed in the face, was tested for cyanide poisoning at a hospital for the second time Friday, officials and family members said.

The device, called an M-44, was among several placed in the area by Wildlife Services, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that targets coyotes, wolves, cougars, foxes and other animals considered nuisances to farms and ranches.

The agency has been sued by conservation groups claiming that its programs to poison, trap and shoot various predator species violate federal environmental and wildlife protection laws.

Thursday’s incident marked the first “unintentional lethal take of a dog” by an M-44 in Idaho since 2014, and Wildlife Services seeks to minimize hazards to pets and humans by posting warnings, spokesman Andre Bell said.

“These devices are only set at the request of and with permission from property owners or managers,” the agency said. They are “spring-activated” and “not explosive devices,” it said.

Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen, who described the devices as “cyanide bombs,” said no notice was given to authorities about their placement.

“I’ve been a sheriff here for 20 years and worked for the office for 39 years, and I’ve never heard of leaving around a device that emits poisonous gas,” he said.

Nielsen said he intended to meet federal officials next week to “get to the bottom of this.”

Theresa Mansfield said Wildlife Services had not sought to contact the family to apologize for the incident.

(Editing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Paul Tait)

  • Original Anna

    It doesn’t matter if the property owner okayed the poisonous gas, it should be illegal since the crap kills and probably has damaged the boy’s eyes but you won’t know that for a few years. What if it was summer clothes when in summer kids hardly wear anything and that poisonous gas planted by a gov’t agency got a small kid and the kid died from breathing it in. What am I saying. Our gov’t through the supreme court and congress thinks with all their hearts that it is okay for a woman to torture her baby to death so planting poisonous gas in land to kill something, anything, sounds like our political system approved by the politicians, congress and our supreme court. Yes, what was I thinking, I got a little hysterical in the moment. After all, murder is becoming quite the thing in this country and okay by gov’t and its politicians. Poisonous gas in the grass, what is next.

  • B Bob

    Well O.A. most times there are signs near by and negligence is the problem. Also land owners are being over run by animals that are killing there livestock. Don’t get me completely wrong tough I am sorry about the dog and the Boy.

  • chief1937

    I understand this procedure must be used in some instances to relieve other problems however there should have definitely been some kind of warning posted or arrangements of some kind made to protect people and pets.

  • charlie

    whoever is responsible for this must be fired and banned from gov service. Only an idiot could do this.
    signs or no signs this is the dumbest idea yet. want to get rid of the pest just but a small bounty like they used to do, the problem would be solved very quickly, but the stupid demonrats dont know anything about guns so ban their use any way they can. cyanide bombs how utterly stupid

  • Mary Brown

    Indiscriminate killing devices like these are STUPID to use near areas with kids and pets! If coyotes are a problem in the area let people shoot them! Responsible hunters will not hit unintended targets!

  • Mary Brown

    So open the area to hunting for the predators and let responsible hunters come in and take them. A coyote pelt is worth about $30 still!

  • usmcSergeant

    Most of the time. Why not all of the time? When people move into an area inhabited by wild animals they should expect to have an interaction with them. If you don’t like your livestock killed just don’t put them at risk by moving them into an area occupied by wild animals!

  • B Bob

    I see there is know use talking to you. Move the people out of my area

  • B Bob

    Hunting does not always work

  • M40

    Sounds like you need a bigger gun… or some hunting buddies.

  • B Bob

    Yeah and there other reasons that multiply the problem were I live

  • B Bob

    You are very correct in what you have said

  • M40

    So it’s okay if I plant some landmines to protect my flower beds… as long as I post some warning signs?

    Seriously… warning signs aren’t going to help a little kid who happens to trip one of these cyanide bombs.

    If you want to take the coyotes out, you simply hang bits of meat on big hooks about 7 feet off the ground. Coyote goes up, and doesn’t come down… and zero danger to people.

  • B Bob

    You do what ever turns you on

  • M40

    And I suppose endangering kids turns you on?

  • B Bob

    I can see you have a very short memory. look back what I said a the very first

  • LarryMH47

    So now it’s okay to set up LAND MINES because libtards are afraid of hunting rifles?

  • M40

    Yes, I get it. In your mind, its okay to kill children as long as they’re too young to read a warning sign informing them that they’re about to get sprayed in the face with cyanide.

  • M40

    Fired? This is no different than planting a shotgun somewhere with a tripwire. If you or I did that, they’d have us in jail so quick it would make our heads spin. The fact that this device was planted by an “official” is the only reason that someone isn’t in cuffs right now.

    If the local prosecutor had any balls, he’d be preparing (at the very least) criminal endangerment charges for whatever bureaucrat sanctioned this device.

  • B Bob

    Back to negligence where was his parents. First of all you did not read what I first said. You don’t know the first thing about this equipment in the first place and yes I do. you people take something so simple and make it so hard. I do agree with the signs and like I said most of the time there are signs. You put the signs to closes and people will still mess with them. plus no one but your family should be on your place.

  • M40

    Whoever authorized the use of poison gas devices capable of being activated by children… should be in prison for criminal endangerment.
    This is literally no different than stringing up a shotgun with a tripwire to the trigger.

  • B Bob

    You are not worth arguing with because you can not read either

  • B Bob

    go hug something

  • M40

    Hmmm… I’m beginning to think YOU are the guy that planted this device. And now you’re crapping yourself waiting for the local authorities to come and put you in cuffs.

  • B Bob

    not hardly. back to fake news

  • GenEarly

    “Apologize”, For What? The boy didn’t die, not that the Feral Gov puts human life any higher than animal life. The parents are lucky they didn’t get prosecuted for Child Neglect, letting a boy out of their sight! And I bet he wasn’t wearing his biking/hiking helmet and carrying his GPS locator either! It’s obvious the Gov must take care of sheeples who wander around tripping over themselves and earth friendly cyanide devices.
    ( I do hope that this Sarc note is not necessary).

  • M40

    Apparently so… if anyone else did this, they’d be facing some serious charges. I’d start with criminal negligence, endangerment, and possession of a destructive device. The fact that a kid was injured should add attempted negligent homicide, and the pet’s death should add an animal cruelty charge.

    If the local (county or state) prosecutors had any balls, they’d be cuffing whatever stupid bureaucrat authorized this plan.

  • Front Sight

    If this had been a law abiding, private, citizen who set a “gun trap” to eliminate potentially violent vandals, hazardous to property owners, the property would reside in the hands of the criminal and the law abiding citizen would now be a criminal.

  • Junior1950

    If it can be screwed up, the GOVERNMENT will screw it up, especially in instances like this one!! The very idea of “planting” a poisonous device to kill unwanted predators (coyotes) that will also KILL PETS and HUMAN BEINGS!!!! The Federal Government’s FISH AND WILD LIFE AGENCY is another one that needs to be severly curtailed!!!!

  • Brian Templeton

    The use of English language warning signs is perhaps assuming that the animals could read them and therefore know what they are nosing around is dangerous and life threatening.

  • folly39

    B Bob… You don’t no what ur talking about do you? I think you no what I mean. There is know getting around it, you think you no everything but you don’t no shti!!!

  • Original Anna

    In this case the Sheriff seems to be stunned there was no warning and a kid and definitely not a dog would not read the warning any ways or even get what poisonous gas is. It is not an every day occurrence in kids lives or my life. I live on a farm among other farms where the original farms were taken over by the gov’t during the two WWs, than after WW2 the land was resold not to the original owners but to people like my family. All of this land was used to make the Atomic Bomb and a part of the land is still unavailable to not even the gov’t even though there was a cleanup but the radium is hard to get rid of. They finally just covered it up with more and more clay and have a Trump like fence around the worst part. We do have a lot of cancer cases in this area and we were actually used for a study of cancer bunches for a few years until the researchers just up and left. We have a lot of foxes and wolves and deer and other wild animals around here. I have even walked out my door and had them around my car, they have gotten so use to people. Any way, we have hunting seasons for each wild animal and the rest of the year they are left alone. We have never had to use poisonous gas or even traps because by law now trappers have to check their traps every day so nobody is using them any more. We do have hunters and I don’t let my cats and dogs out when any hunting season is on even though our farm lands are posted because bullets travel a long way. But I will still accept the hunting seasons over the use of poison any day because of the kids and pets in our area. It’s a cycle, people move in with kids, kids grow up, people get old, the house and land get sold to another group of families with kids and that is the cycle we are in right now. Kids and their pets, its a nice forest area hearing kids voices again during the day and the howling and whining of foxes and wolves at night. B. Bob, nice to meet you.

  • I’D SUGGEST planting quite a few of these “animal control devices” in Democrat Party headquarters. Those varmints need to be “thinned out” so normal people can survive!!

    OLD ONE 80

  • Ron C

    Don’t worry folk’s…no one from the government will be held accountable…they never are any longer. Doesn’t matter what they do, it is always whitewashed….don’t worry!

  • Ron C

    It would if the government didn’t want to disarm the citizen. The globalist don’t want their ISIS fighters getting hurt.

  • B Bob

    Sorry but yes I do know something about this equipment. you use to be able to buy locally until you bleeding heart idiots screwed it up.

  • thecelt1

    I hope that the person or crew that placed the Coyote Bomb will be reprimanded or even
    placed in the slammer for a lengthy time. The Government Agency that placed the bomb should
    be taken to court and punished (maybe a Law Suit by the family).

  • B Bob

    Well M40 I see you were still rattling your jaws. you must be someone that’s on welfare and don’t have anything to do.

  • M40

    Well… if it ain’t Billy Bob, the gas-bomb planting gub-mint guy!

  • B Bob

    you know if you had a brain you would probably take it out and play with it.

  • M40

    Well golly gee, Billy Bob… you are truly at the very top of the IQ bell curve.

  • B Bob

    Well I have to go back work so I can support your welfare check. so you can keep jacking your jaws

  • M40

    Ooh… another comment… I’ll waste no time in reading it.
    Your contributions to this forum cannot be underestimated. Your writing style showcases that you have the attention span of a lightning bolt, and the innate ability to compress more words into the smallest ideas possible. In you, I see the wisdom of youth and the energy of age. You are undoubtedly the product of well-married kin. They imbued you with excellent instincts which, through hard work and perseverance, you managed to overcome. Kudos to you Billy Bob!

  • B Bob

    Had to take a moment to see what you had said and your a bigger idiot than I thought.

  • M40

    OCD need for last word says what?

  • B Bob

    That’s also what I thought you were blessed with. You are like talking to a manhole cover in the middle of New York

  • Mary Brown

    It does on coyotes, I take half dozen a year from my backyard!

  • Hunt

    Some people do forget when we were young and left the house in the morning and came back at dark. This still happens in rural areas.

  • GenEarly

    Oh, those rural areas, UN 2030 is planning to eliminate those……..intro
    https://www.iheart.com/show/27019969/