A “cyanide bomb” planted by U.S. predator-control agents targeting coyotes near homes and hiking trails in Idaho exploded when a boy handled the device, injuring him and killing his dog, authorities and relatives said on Friday.
Canyon Mansfield, 14, was playing with his yellow Labrador retriever, Casey, on Thursday afternoon near his home east of Pocatello when he saw what he thought was a sprinkler head on the ground and touched the device, causing it to detonate.
The explosion sprayed the boy and his 3-year-old, 90-pound (40 kg) pet with toxic cyanide gas, according to the boy’s mother, Theresa Mansfield.
The following correspondence originally took place upon the Facebook wall of family, after I posted aphotobeing shared by the page, “Being Classically Liberal“…
“Found lost dog (Wichita): Found this little guy yesterday. He has been roaming the streets in our neighborhood and we finally caught him. Possible abuse because he is aggressive. Want to rehome him since our dogs do not seem to like him and growls back at them. I think he would do good in a home with no kids and someone who can give him lots of love.”
Greg L.: Isn’t that a fox?
Rayn: A coyote. 🙂
Tammy S.: It’s not a dog?! So it can’t be in anyone’s home. Thought it was a dog. Well he/she belongs in the wild.
Rayn: This reminds me of another classic:
“Cat found! I found this guy the other day on my back porch. I tried feeding him and it turns out that he is not very friendly because I think he may be scared. Not quite sure the breed but I am assuming he is part Siamese. I have him in a crate because he is not really house broken. If he is yours please reply.”