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Case Study: Raptor Pilot Study

In 2005 the Board of Supervisors for Ventura County voted to eliminate the use of anti-coagulant rodenticides on county property (parks, golf courses, landscaping and buildings) but gave flood control facilities a pass because rodent damage can cause slope failure threatening property and lives.  Subsequently, Ventura County’s Watershed Protection District decided to support the supervisors’ intentions to eliminate the use of rodenticide and carried out a scientific (link below).  This study found that raptors are more effective at stopping rodents from damaging levies than anti-coagulant rodenticides. Because the evidence from this study was so compelling, the County will replace the rodenticide program with a raptor program to control rodents in flood control facilities.  Click HERE to read more details regarding this study.