LETHAL CONTROL: A Film Exposing the Public Safety Menace Posed by M-44s

This heart-grabbing documentary features people we've worked with over the years whose lives have been forever changed by M-44 "cyanide bombs." Once you meet them in this film, you'll truly understand why M-44s must be banned.

Screenshot from M-44 film, Lethal Control

About the Film

LETHAL CONTROL is a poignant 52-minute documentary made by graduate student Jamie Drysdale as his final project for a masters in environmental journalism from the University of Montana. Read interview with filmmaker in Psychology Today

Photo of film director Jamie Drysdale

Drysdale immersed himself with great sensitivity and attention to detail in interviews with people we've worked with over the years whose lives were forever changed by lethal M-44 cyanide bombs. They were either poisoned, or lost their dog(s)...or BOTH.

The latter category includes the Mansfield family of Pocatello, Idaho, who is extensively interviewed in the film, along with the local sheriff. The Mansfield's 14-year-old son Canyon went out for a walk with his dog on a hill behind his house in 2017 and saw something that looked like a sprinkler head. When he touched it a powdery substance exploded from the device. His dog Kasey died a horrifying death within minutes in front of him and Canyon has suffered long-term health effects from the poison. But Canyon decided not to simply be a victim. He is now an activist to ban M-44s. He and his family will travel with us to Washington, D.C. in April 2019 to push for federal legislation to ban M-44s nationwide.

This film brings home the unacceptable legacy (and ongoing travesty) of federal poisoning campaigns and makes a powerful case for a ban on M-44s.

About M-44s

Government agents in USDA Wildlife Services set M-44s for coyote control, but these devices indiscrimately poison humans and kill countless dogs and non-target animals. M-44s can never be used safely, as no small child, dog, or wild animal can read warning signs, and there is no place in the great outdoors that people and animals do not go. M-44s are a public safety menace and must be banned.


We're thrilled to announce we held our first screening of "Lethal Control" on February 28, 2019 at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene, OR. We are in the process of setting up addditional screening events, so stay tuned.


We remain actively involved in supporting both national and state-level legislation to effect a ban on M-44s.

In February we helped kick off legislative efforts to ban M-44s statewide in Oregon, testifying and submitting materials in support at a hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. This legislation (SB 580) is sponsored by Senator Floyd Prozanski. We will keep you posted as things develop.

In April we will bring the film LETHAL CONTROL to Washington, D.C. as part of an educational briefing to Congressional staff in support of a bill to ban wildlife poisons nationwide. The bill, which we worked on with Rep. Peter Defazio (D-Oreg), is called "The Chemical Poisons Reduction Act of 2019." It is common-sense, tax-saving, nonpartisan legislation that should be supported without resistance as an essential public safety measure by all elected officials. We will be joined at this event by the Mansfield family of Pocatello, Idaho, who is extensively featured in the film.

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