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California Governor Bans Popular Pesticide To Protect Wildlife While Urban Rat Populations Swell

Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that should provide protection from poison for California’s mountain lions and other wildlife.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that should provide protection from poison for California’s mountain lions and other wildlife.

Pesticides used to control rodent populations pose a direct threat to wildlife predators that often find poisoned rats an easy prey.

According to The Sacramento Bee, the Assembly Bill 1788 bans the use of “second generation anticoagulant rodenticides” until state pesticide regulators can prove they’re not harmful to wildlife.

“Just about every major environmental group supported the bill authored by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica. They argued the toxins are being found in often lethal levels in birds of prey and predatory mammals, especially bobcats and mountain lions. The toxins build up in their systems as the animals consume rodents that are dying from the poisons.”

By removing these highly toxic rat poisons from pest control operators, California is giving vulnerable species like mountain lions a second chance.

Pest control companies and the California Chamber of Commerce, on the other hand, opposed the bill, claiming that a rat and mouse population has exploded throughout the state, especially in low-income areas and around homeless camps.

No doubt, a more effective waste removal and sanitation in the critical neighborhoods could be a win-win solution for both the people in those areas and California’s wildlife. 



Nikola uses his background in electrical engineering to break down complex sustainability topics for GreenCitizen's readers. He is a firm believer in environmental conservation, which he practices daily through recycling and home-grown food. He enjoys hiking, engaging in white-water sports, and collecting pocket knives.

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