Be Aware of Sodium Cyanide Capsules Used on Texas Ranches

Here's your annual announcement that the Texas Wildlife Services Program (TWSP) uses sodium cyanide capsules in a spring-loaded device — called the M-44 — to control animals that might eat cows and sheep.

Wait. Say what?

That's right. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension sent out an announcement this month informing the medical community that these capsules "may, at times, be used on ranches in your area to control predation of livestock and spread of disease caused by certain wild animals."

"Although human exposure to the chemical during proper authorized use may be unlikely, the TWSP is required to notify various medical facilities that M-44 sodium cyanide capsules may be used locally," the announcement said. "This is an annual notification."

So although it's unlikely that you'll have to treat a person exposed to one of these capsules, the AgriLife Extension must make you aware that it's a possibility.

The announcement includes details on how to treat a patient exposed to sodium cyanide. You could also call the Texas Poison Center Network Helpline at (800) 222-1222.

Last Updated On

January 07, 2021

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