Bio-Integral Resource Center (BIRC) thanks the JiJi
Foundation for its generous support of our new publication:
Protecting Raptors from Rodenticides
About 13,000 to 20,000 people each year are poisoned by rodenticides,
and most of these are children. About 80% of the hospitalizations
are due to second generation anticoagulants, mostly brodifacoum.
Of the 95,000 pets poisoned each year, about 74% is due to
brodifacoum. This type of rat poison is also causing widespread
poisoning of wildlife, including raptors.
Brodifacoum is a longlasting poison, and rats can accumulate
30 to 40 times a lethal dose before they die. Raptors that
eat these rats die of secondary poisoning. The problem is
widespread, and may kill 10-20% of raptor populations in areas
where the baits are used. Sublethal effects include bleeding
and disorientation leading to accidents. Poisoned raptors
are also more susceptible to disease.
BIRC’s new publication reviews the problem and proposes
effective, practical alternatives that will provide effective
rat management without killing raptors.
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