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July 17, 2008

Palemale at the bottom of Cedar Hill.

All images photographed on Thursday July 17, 2008.

July 18, 2008:
The prominant baiting stations noted below were removed for a few days and now new ones are in place. I asked Mr Holzer to provide me with the name of the rodenticide which are now being used and I am awaiting his response.
My guess is that they will be using Contrac (active ingredient Bromodiolone). This is the dangerous anti-coagulant which was responsible for the death of the three baby hawks in Riverside park in May 2008.

Recent mail related to the MET

The MET is using rodent baiting stations containing the lethal active ingredient 'Bromethalin'. These stations are placed in open areas behind the MET in Central Park specifically where Palemale & Lola catches a great deal of rats!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a very careless attitude toward animals;
Their lavish glass windows kills hundreds of migrating birds each year. Recently the glass in those windows were replaced but nothing was done to the new glass to help prevent this ongoing tragedy.
All around the MET are rodent baiting stations which threaten the lives of our precious wildlife especially Palemale & Lola. Both the MET's management and their private pest control contractor has lied to me about the seriousness of the poison used in these bait stations. Presently the bait used is worse than the anti-coagulants used previously. Please call the Director's Office and tell them to stop endangering the lives of our precious wildlife!

Thanks for all your caring and taking the time to respond to the MET's baiting stations issue, this is the result so far (it's poor but a reasonable start).:

News Release
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Communications Department
1000 Fifth Avenue,
New York, NY 10028-0198
tel (212) 570-3951
fax (212) 472-2764

Harold Holzer


(July 15, 2008)—The Metropolitan Museum recently learned that, without its knowledge, its pest-control contractors apparently used an unapproved chemical deterrent around the building’s exterior to address an infestation. In response, the Museum instructed the contractor to remove the deterrent and substitute the more appropriate, widely used product that had been previously employed. This has been accomplished. The Metropolitan regrets that this situation was allowed to exist undetected, and thanks the alert citizens who brought it to its attention. As a longtime, grateful “resident” of Central Park, the Museum remains committed to balancing its responsibility to protect its building, employees, visitors, and collections, with its obligation to respect the natural environment outside.


The Metropolitian Museum of Art
Philippe de Montebello (Director)
(212) 570-3902