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Government agrees to halt use of cyanide traps in Colorado

A U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman says the agency no longer uses cyanide traps to kill predators on public lands in Colorado, but it still uses them on private lands.
    
An agreement with environmentalists approved Monday by a federal judge prohibits the use of the traps on Colorado public lands pending further study.
    
Agriculture Department spokeswoman Tanya Espinosa says the devices are no longer used on federal or state lands despite an agency study from January that suggested they were allowable on state land.
    
Public pressure to ban them nationwide has increased since an Idaho teenager was injured and his dog killed by one of the traps in March.
    
Stuart Wilcox with WildEarth Guardians, which wants to ban cyanide traps nationwide, says he's skeptical of the claim they are not being used on public lands in Colorado.
 


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