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US Government Denies Liability After Boy In Idaho Was Sprayed By Cyanide Trap

Mac Slavo
August 23rd, 2018
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The United States government said they aren’t to blame for mistakenly placing a poison cyanide predator-killing trap near an Idaho family’s home.  The government also denies liability and is blaming the Idaho family after a boy was doused with cyanide by the mistakenly placed trap.

*DETAILS ABOUT THE ABOVE IMAGE: March 16, 2017, file photo released by the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office shows a cyanide device in Pocatello, Idaho. The cyanide device, called M-44, is spring-activated and shoots poison that is meant to kill predators. (Bannock County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File) AP

Even though a federal worker put the cyanide trap near the families home by mistake, the government claims any injuries were caused by the negligence of the parents and child, the U.S. Department of Justice said in documents filed Monday in U.S. District Court.  The DOJ also asked for the family’s lawsuit to be dismissed, according to The Idaho Statesman. 

Mark and Theresa Mansfield of Pocatello sued the federal government in June seeking more than $75,000 in damages and more than $75,000 for pain and suffering. The lawsuit contends that an Agriculture Department worker acknowledged to law enforcement officials placing the trap in error on land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The court document filed by the Justice Department does not acknowledge such an error. But why would it? The government never takes responsibility for the death and destruction they cause.

According to the lawsuit, the Mansfields claim that their son, Canyon Mansfield, was playing with his dog in March 2017 when the then-14-year-old triggered the trap that the U.S. Department of Agriculture placed to kill coyotes. The dog died, and the teen still has headaches from the poison, the lawsuit stated. “When he [Canyon Mansfield] reached down and touched the pipe, it exploded with a loud bang, knocking CM to the ground and spewing an orange powdery substance,” the lawsuit says.

The Justice Department disputes that there was an explosion, noting that M-44s are spring-activated and contain no explosive material.

The devices, which are called M-44s, are embedded in the ground and look a lot like lawn sprinklers but they spray poisonous cyanide when they are set off. The M-44 cyanid traps are meant to protect livestock from predators but sometimes kill pets and injure people, as seen in this case.  The traps have also draw increased scrutiny after The Associated Press reported that the teen was injured months after the government decided to stop using the devices on federal lands in Idaho.

The agency said in court documents that “defendant admits that two M-44 devices placed by (a federal) employee were discharged in the incident involving CM and his dog.”

The lawsuit mentions only one M-44 activating, and law enforcement officials who responded last year didn’t mention additional devices discharging.

The reason for the discrepancy is not clear. The Justice Department didn’t respond to that question. –The Idaho Statesman

Andrea Santarsiere, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, who ultimately hopes to get M-44s banned entirely, said the federal government’s response to the Mansfield lawsuit was disappointing. “Rather than apologize for having a poisonous device on public lands that injured a young boy and killed his dog, the government instead is using a tactic to blame the boy,” she said.

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Author: Mac Slavo
Date: August 23rd, 2018
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  1. Sean says:

    The damned immoral Feds and their immoral minions don’t give one damn about what they do to the unsuspecting public. And they just keep doing these kinds of things. We need regime change.

  2. john stiner says:

    If the kid mistakenly put a poison trap on Federal Property and a Federal Worker was injured, what do you think would happen?

    The kid would be in Federal Prison getting corn holed by the Bundys.

  3. Serenabit says:

    This is nothing less than a chemical warfare land mine. Should be in violation of international law.

  4. the blame-e says:

    So, Stormy Daniels gets $130,000 to keep quite about having sex with a married man. And an upright, righteous, law-abiding, tax paying, church going American family can’t even get $150,000 for government incompetence and stupidity? Their kid should have been a hooker, or some whore. That’s where the bid payday is these days. [I am completely serious].

  5. Cyanide Trap?

    Why is the Government using chemical traps.
    There’s other and safer methods of trapping predators.
    Is this device approved by the E.P.A?

    May as well set up a spring trap loaded with White Phosphorous. Not surprised by these actions of the government, it’s pretty much how they operate outside the guidelines of safety.

    • Genius says:

      Heck go out and collect these traps and keep them for your own defense stockpile lol. If you want phosphorous you will need to get them from isrealhell..

    • Anonymous says:

      Those traps have been in use by both private land owners and government wildlife control agencies for decades.

      They’re not exactly something rare or new to the scene.

      “Environmentalists” have been protesting them for years, even longer than they have been chaining themselves to trees and such.

  6. Jack Mahogoff says:

    Were is Trump when you need him. MAGA. By disbanding some of these Federal Agencies m.

  7. The government & their employees forget that they work for the people of the United States of America. We are liable for our mistakes & even though the money comes out of our pockets, I still say pay the young man. Throw the government worker that made the mistake in prison, maybe he’ll learn.

    • The Deplorable Renegade says:

      WP, welcome, and some good points you make. Governments don’t care about the people they rule over. It’s been that way all throughout history. Nothing they do has any legitimate basis to it. Never trust any government people for anything. I’ve been ignoring govt. officials all my life.

    • awed bawl says:

      “The government & their employees forget that they work for the people of the United States”

      That is the Cover Story, believed by the kool-aid drinking masses.

      The reality is that the people work for the State [government].

      The head of US office of education remarked in 1914: “Now the question is raised, do the schools exist for the students, or do the students exist for the schools? The answer is the latter. . .openly stating that the students are slaves of the schools. . .
      His remarks were not widely circulated. . .”Public schools” are based on the idea that kids are government property, to be used for government purposes. . .the pledge of allegiance was written by a national socialist [Bellamy, 1892]

      Look at these pictures if you want a heart attack:


      the country has been a statist piece of filth since the nineteenth century. . .

  8. The Deplorable Renegade says:

    MKDJ, the US govt. is just like minority groups. They don’t take responsibility for their own actions. And they wonder why so many people have become so anti-govt.

    • What I would like to know is. If this trap was placed close to a residence, it would appear customary for the Federal Agent to notify these people. Why wasn’t this done, no paper notice on door or by mail, and no knock on the door for warning these people?

      Lazy or incompetence or both.

      This kid will have a lifetime of health problems down the road. This family should be suing for Millions of dollars, not a measly $75K.

      • $75,000 tops for an out of court settlement.

        An attorney knows that the government can “quietly” settle out of court and down the road say it was a nuisance case.

        If they go to court, the case could drag on for years, attorney fees forcing the plaintiffs to drop the case, the victim gets nothing but the bill. “There is no justice in the justice system.”


  9. Sierra Dave says:

    If this is for animals, slap a warning label on it. Animals cannot read, people can.

  10. Look at the stuff “Government” workers do. I think working for these institutions gives people an “unclean spirit” because when you look at their actions (control-freak behavior, lies, corruption, stealing, killing animals AND CHILDREN with traps, WARS/MURDER, etc.) it makes one scratch their head and think “What is WRONG with these people?” Here’s what’s wrong right here >>> https://153wordsofgod.wordpress.com/who-rules-the-world/

  11. Concerned Citizen says:

    And the dumb ass Gov’t buffoons wonder why in the world citizens have to resort to going”POSTAL” – hmmmm, yes, Huge surprise. What a travesty and a complete disgrace to all of us.

  12. woody says:

    Is it too much to ask that a warning sign be put out with the traps?

    Are we worried the coyotes might be able to read?

  13. anonymous says:


    Burst or shatter violently and noisily as a result of rapid combustion, excessive internal pressure, or other process.

    You don’t need “explosive material” to explode.

  14. Dave says:

    Yes, in government lala land “lets put poison bombs all around the forests and hope for the best”. BLM strikes again, didn’t need an fbi sniper this time.

  15. Dave says:

    In Arizona it is legal to shoot coyotes year round.

  16. Between Three Centuries says:

    I guess this sets the precedent that people can set cyanide bombs along the US Mexican border to spray illegal critters that cross over into territory where they are deemed to be pests.