Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, has just signed legislation that prohibits using second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides on mountain lions and other wildlife. This substance is known to be harmful to wildlife. The legislation was signed by one of the members of the Assembly, Richard Bloom yesterday, September 29.
According to recent studies, 96% of necropsied mountain lions and over 80% of the raptors carefully studied were exposed to anticoagulant rodenticides, which can result in reproduction issues and chronic growth.
Rodenticides are deadly for California’s mountain lions and other precious wildlife across the state. My father was a naturalist and a strong advocate for the preservation of mountain lions, and I grew up loving these cats and caring about their well-being.
He would be proud to know that California is taking action to protect mountain lion populations and other wildlife from the toxic effects of rodenticides.California governor
It was noted that the utilization of these substances poses a huge threat to wildlife. Some studies have revealed the negative impact of these rodenticides. AB 1788 is a measure that ensures that the utilization of toxic rodenticides is stopped. These rodenticides are very harmful to wildlife, especially mountain lions in California.
Legislation AB 1788 bans the utilization of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGAR) in California until the Department of Pesticide Regulation’s Director approves that some measures have been taken to only utilize SGARs when necessary. However, the bill provides exemptions for activities like agriculture and can be used in locations necessary for safety and public health.
AB 1788 is in the interest of the state as wildlife needs to be preserved. It is no doubt that Governor Gavin Newsom has taken a great step in restoring and preserving wildlife in the state. AB 1788 has become effective since the day it was passed.