Wildlife body has ‘grave concerns’ about Navy’s use of toxins

Published 3:24 pm Sunday, March 18, 2007

By Staff
By NIKIE MAYO, News Editor
The poison Avitrol could have “unknown secondary effects” and should be used nowhere near migratory waterfowl that live around the Navy’s proposed outlying landing field here, said the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
Seegars refers to the United States Department of Agriculture’s plan that is designed to minimize bird-to-jet collisions. The Bird-wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard — or BASH — plan was provided in support of the Navy’s draft supplemental environmental study released in February.
The plan names two toxins — Avitrol and DRC-1339 — that could be considered. If toxins were used, they would not be used on waterfowl, but on other birds in the area such as gulls or pigeons, USDA wildlife biologist Michael Begier said in a March 1 interview with the Daily News.
But Seegars wrote that having Avitrol in the vicinity of migratory waterfowl could be harmful, even if that is not the intent.