Assembly bill steps up war against rat poison

Legislation follows death of cougar due to rodenticide

FATEFUL END—Above, P-47 roams healthy and alive, until he was later found poisoned.

A new bill that expands the prohibition of pesticide poisons in California passed the Assembly on Monday, days after the National Park Service announced a local mountain lion died in March due to ingestion of rat poison.

Assembly Bill 1788, introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) bans the use of second generation anticoagulant rodenticides, which are used in rat poison.

The second-gen...

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