Poisons to control infestations of rodents are widely used and easy to obtain. However, rat or mouse poisons, or rodenticides, are toxic products that can cause illness and even death of non-target wildlife, pets and people. On this show, we learned about the poisons and their harmful effects from two expert guests. First, Lori welcomed Jonathan Evans with the Center for Biological Diversity. Jonathan serves as Toxics and Endangered Species Campaign Director, and as staff attorney at the Center. Then, UCLA wildlife biologist Dr. Laurel Serieys described her research on the illnesses bobcats get when exposed second-hand to the rodenticides. (photos: Center for Biological Diversity).
Also, how much of your life is controlled by your cats? What behaviors have you developed because you have a cat or two in the house? We asked our listeners to share their revealing stories.
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