Dog Poisonings Could Prompt Pesticide Ban

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Department of Agriculture is concerned about the spate of dog poisonings in Teton county. Pesticide Compliance Officer Slade Franklin says the person distributing the poison is using the pesticide Temik, which is used in the sugar beet and potato crop industries. Franklin says the misuse of this pesticide could prompt state or federal officials to restrict its' sale. He says it's also possible the company that manufactures the poison could restrict sales of its product. Franklin says that could be problematic for the agriculture industry. At least 21 dogs have died or become sick from the poison. Federal wildlife officials believe the intended targets are wolves.