A popular poison for killing rats has been banned by the California Legislature after the toxins commonly used in the poison were found in often lethal levels in birds of prey and predatory mammals.
Assembly Bill 1788 bans the group of rat poisons known as “second generation anticoagulant rodenticides.”
Scientists said bobcats and mountain lions especially had toxins build up in their systems after consuming rodents that died from the poisons. In fact, nine in every 10 dead mountain lions that state scientists test have the toxins in their livers.
This is a dark fact, but that’s why the banning of this rat poison is so important. Nearly every major environmental group was in support of the bill. Now the bill awaits Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature, which he is expected to sign.