Idaho rancher fined for using neurotoxin pesticide as animal poison

Rancher ends up poisoning neighbor’s dogs instead of the intended coyotes-

This has happened many times. Rancher decides to poison coyotes, hawks, eagles, etc.  Doesn’t have a legal poison to do it, or the animal might be protected. Rancher figures a toxic herbicide, pesticide, or his or her own concoction will do the trick. Ends up poisoning neighborhood dogs and non-target wildlife. Ranchers then gets small fine.

Rancher fined for pesticide misuse. Highly restricted carbofuran ingested by neighboring dogs. By Sean Ellis. Capital Press





  1. Immer Treue Avatar
    Immer Treue

    Pointed satire in my commentary, so the weak at heart please take that into consideration. Chances are if a wolf had killed that dog and injured the other, traps would have been set, the choppers called in and the proclaimers of Yellowstone is Dead would orgasmically preaching the end of the world is near because of those giant alien Canadian wolves. Thing is, wolves would have died.

    Unless this guy is getting by on a subsistence level, what he received as punishment was a slap on the wrist. The judge thought Jamison was remorseful, so didn’t give him the full letter of the law. My assumption, and I stress assumption, was he was remorseful he got caught.

    This is another instance where the guy knew better, and at the least one would assume his cognitive processes go beyond that of a wolf. Is something like this truly isolated, or is it common? The message sent in the name of common sense was tepid.

    1. Kristi Avatar

      Immer, I don’t think your comment was satirical at all, I think you are spot on!! And if that wasn’t enough, I think there’d be someone with their sights set on killing said wolf for no other reason than to make it a claim to fame. And you are also totally correct on the Yellowstone Is Dead faithful followers…they’d be good and riled up!

      1. jon Avatar

        And these people call themselves stewards of the land. How is putting poison out specifically to kill wildlife make you a steward of the land? I wonder how many more ranchers are secretly using poison to kill wildlife they consider pests/vermin/varmints???

        Why do some consider yellowstone to be dead? Did the wolves kill all of the wildlife in ys?

    2. jon Avatar

      I don’t believe it is isolated. I believe there are a good # of ranchers out there who secretly use poisons or poisons that are banned in order to get rid of wildlife they view as vermin/pests.

  2. Ralph Maughan Avatar
    Ralph Maughan

    A lot of folks are bothered by things their neighbor’s dogs do, and they will admit that they think of poisoning, shooting, or some other way of taking care of the problem. Most stay within the law.

    I wonder if there is data showing how convicted non-ranch dog poisoners fare in court?

  3. Robert Bunch Avatar
    Robert Bunch

    In my opinion he should have gotten jail time and a serious fine. If he did this to my dog he wouldn’t have much of a future.

  4. Wolfy Avatar

    I’ve seen many examples of individuals or groups intentionally setting out poisoned baits to kill coyotes or wolves. Some have put out poisons to protect their gardens or crops from damage. It usually comes to public notice when the poisoned bait is ingested by non-target animals such as neighborhood dogs, eagles, or bears. To sum it up, the motivation for most of these “wildlife managers” to do such dastardly deeds equates to terrorism. (Indiscriminate acts to kill or maim others in order to incite fear among the populous whereby the ends are justified by the means) I suspect that most or all of these perpetrators call themselves “patriots” as well.

  5. Kayt Avatar

    Living in wolf country, If I can’t see them to shoot them then I think Xylitol is an excellent disposal mechanism.

    Sure hate to see a pack of wolves down a perfectly healthy moose or elk and just eat the nose and ears.

    You may disagree with me, but we will have to disagree.

    I guess. I am in favor of the deer, elk and moose over the wolf and quite frankly, when I see wolves I will tend to chase with what ever means necessary. to whatever end.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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