Strychnine Poison

Res #: 18-02M
Number: 18
Year: 2002
Midterm: Yes
Expired: Yes
Responses Received: No

Resolution 18-02M

WHEREAS, the Province of Saskatchewan continues to experience excessive destruction of crops and grazing lands due to the large population of gophers; and

WHEREAS, the Province's attempt to implement a gopher control program through the use of strychnine has met with very limited success due to the timing of the program in 2001 and 2002 as well as the lack of strychnine product in 2002; 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that SARM lobby the Provincial Government to make application to the Federal Government for the required Emergency Registration Permit to facilitate the use of 2% strychnine in early Spring of 2003; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that SARM pursue whatever means necessary to have strychnine restored to its original status to be utilized by agricultural operators at their discretion.

Response From Honourable Clay Serby:

On December 6, 2002, SAFFR applied to the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) under their provisions for emergency registration for a third Liquid Strychnine Concentrate (LSC) program for control of Richardson's Ground Squirrels.

We have however, been advised by the PMRA that the conditions for a third program will be highly restrictive. SAFFR expects a decision from the PMRA by the end of December or early January 2003. Styrchnine required to formulate baits is in very limited supply if available at all. SAFRR is working with the PMRA and rodenticide suppliers to ensure supplies of alternatives to strychnine are available.