ALERT: These TERRIFYING Items Are Scattered Across The Country- Do NOT Touch Them! You Could DIE!


Part of the job of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is to protect landowners from dangerous animals that may threaten livestock or even attack humans. One way of doing this is by employing cyanide explosives known as M-44’s to control coyotes in the area. 

But this practice has been called into question after a young boy was severely injured and the family dog was killed by the device in Pocatello, Idaho, the East Idaho News reported.

The family is outraged they weren’t told the device was planted near their home.


Canyon Mansfield, 14, went on a walk Thursday afternoon with his family’s 3-year-old yellow Labrador, Casey, on a hill behind their Pocatello home on Buckskin Road.

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“I see this little pipe that looked like a sprinkler sticking out of the ground,” Canyon told “I go over and touch it. Then it makes a pop sound and it spews orange gas everywhere.”


The orange gas was cyanide, and it sprayed into Canyon’s left eye and on his clothing.


The teen grabbed some snow and washed his eye out but then realized his dog was having problems.

“I look over and see him having a seizure,” Canyon said, holding back tears. “I ran over and he had these glassy eyes. He couldn’t see me, and he had this red stuff coming out of his mouth.”

Canyon ran down the hill and inside the house to his mother.

“He said, ‘Mom, Mom, there’s something wrong with Casey,’” Theresa Mansfield recalled. “We ran back outside and up the hill and by the time we got there, Casey had died.”

Theresa called the police and then contacted her husband, Mark, who is a medical doctor.

“I hurried home, and the first thing I did was try to resuscitate the dog,” Mark Mansfield said. “Unfortunately I exposed myself to cyanide and had no idea.”

TheBlaze reports that the revelation was no relief to the Mansfields, whom the paper said had never seen such a device in their neighborhood during the 10 years they’ve lived there.

“We didn’t know anything about it. No neighborhood notifications, and our local authorities didn’t know anything about them,” Mark Mansfield told the News. “The sheriff deputies who went up there didn’t even know what a cyanide bomb was.”

The family told the paper the M-44 that killed their dog was planted on their property’s border.

“We weren’t aware, and nobody told us,” Theresa Mansfield told the News. “There was nothing posted up on the hill saying to beware or be careful.”

The Mansfields, along with responding deputies, had blood drawn to make sure they were in the clear after the cyanide exposure, the paper said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services told the News the incident was Idaho’s first unintentional M-44 discharge since 2014.

“Wildlife Services understands the close bonds between people and their pets and sincerely regrets such losses,” R. Andre Bell, a spokesman for the USDA, told the paper in a statement. “Wildlife Services has removed M-44s in that immediate area … and is completing a thorough review of the circumstances of this incident … to determine whether improvements can be made to reduce the likelihood of similar occurrences happening in the future.”

But many unanswered questions remain.

For one, the clothes Canyon Mansfield was wearing at the time of the cyanide explosion are in a sealed plastic bag, the News said — his family isn’t sure what to do with them.

“We couldn’t even have a proper burial for Casey because we didn’t know how to deal with cyanide,” Theresa said. “No one knows how to deal with cyanide.”

The death of this family’s dog, and other similar deaths in other states, have caused lawmakers to consider banning the use of M-44 devices by the Department of Agriculture, Fox News reported.

Oregon Democrat Rep. Peter DeFazio planned to introduce a bill in the House this week to end the use of such devices by the Department of Agriculture for predator control once and for all. In the meantime, if you come across a suspicious looking pipe sticking out the ground, your best course of action would be to go the other way — quickly — and call the authorities.

(h/t Conservative Tribune)

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