Dog owners and residents of the North Fork area should be warned that meat laced with an unknown poison has been spread in the Waggonhammer drainage. Fish and Game officers were first alerted to this incident by the owner of a dog that became seriously ill after ingesting a chunk of meat that the dog had found while hiking on Friday. The dog's owner rushed his dog to Blue Cross Veterinary Clinic where prompt veterinary attention saved the dog's life.
Over the weekend, Fish and Game officers combed the area where the poison bait was originally found. Numerous poison baits were found and collected. While officers thoroughly combed the area, it is entirely possible that additional baits were not found. In addition, it is possible that poison baits have been spread in other drainages in the North Fork area.
The pet that was poisoned exhibited the following symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, muscular trembling, excessive salivation, and constricted pupils. Since the identity of the poison is unknown at this time, it is important that any pet owner who suspects their pet has ingested a suspicious substance and observes similar symptoms in their pet seek immediate veterinary attention. It is also possible that this poison is an extreme hazard to humans and could be absorbed through the skin. Handling of these baits with bare hands could prove fatal to adults and especially children. If you find any suspicious chunks of meat, DO NOT TOUCH the meat. Keep your pets and children away and contact Fish and Game at 756-2271.
The distribution of poisoned baits is a felony in the state of Idaho. It is also a crime against all local residents who become afraid to enjoy their own backyards for fear that their pets and children will be poisoned. If you have any information about this incident, please contact Fish and Game or your local Conservation Officer.