US Reaches Deal on Cyanide Bombs

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- U.S. officials have reached a tentative deal with wildlife advocates trying to stop the use of predator-killing, poisoned traps known as "cyanide bombs" that injured an Idaho teenager and killed his dog.

Government attorneys filed notice in federal court in Montana Thursday saying they'd reached an agreement with wildlife advocates who sued over the devices. They asked that the case be put on hold 60 days pending final approval.

Terms were not disclosed.

The traps at issue spray cyanide into the mouths of animals. They're meant to protect livestock but sometimes kill pets and injure people.

They drew increased scrutiny after the Associated Press reported that the injuries to the boy near Pocatello, Idaho in March came months after a decision to halt use of the devices in the state.

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