Exposure to neurotoxic rodenticide bromethalin in birds of prey

In 2020, Tufts Wildlife Clinic Director Maureen Murray, V03, published a study that showed 100% of red-tailed hawks tested at the clinic were positive for exposure to anticoagulant rodenticides (ARs). Such exposure occurs when these chemicals are used to kill mice or rats, which eat the poison, and the birds eat the poisoned prey. Now, another type of rodenticide — a neurotoxicant called bromethalin — also can bioaccumulate in birds of prey.