November 4, 2011
As you know DEC Pesticides Inspector Robert Jablonski and I performed a site inspection at the Central Park Boat House on 10/25. This past Tuesday 11/1 we went to the office of the exterminating company and reviewed their certifications, daily use records, pesticide labels and applicator/application info. No violations were found.
As I explained on the phone before there just not enough elements to pursue a criminal action for the pellet that you observed. However after speaking with you I understand the concern goes beyond that one pellet.
We cannot demand an exterminating company to stop using a legal pesticide to control the rat problem. However, we made certain suggestions to them. One, have the Boat House keep the garbage area clean to reduce the attraction of rats and two, reduce the amount of bait stations if they are not needed. The company agreed.
We explained that there was public concern about non-target species ingesting the poison or the rats themselves after they eat the poison. They were very receptive to the public concern. They explained that they have not had any animal die from eating a poisoned rat. What we then agreed on was that some of the bait stations will begin to use non-poison baits so that they can determine whether they are truly needed.
Thank you for your concern in this matter,
ECO Dainack, Dustin S.
1 Hunters Point Plaza
4740 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101-5407
October 25, 2011:
This afternoon I met with two DEC Law Enforcement officers who came to Central Park to investigate my complaint of improper use of rodenticide in the park. I showed them where some of the rodent baiting stations are located in the Park. I filled out forms and supplied evidence of what I believe is improper use of rodenticides in Central Park at the Boathouse Restaurant and the MET. Last week I had a very encouraging conversation with the owner of the Boathouse Restaurant, a few hours after an intense verbal fight with him. He promised me that he is willing to work with me to protect the wildlife in the park and he gave me his personal contact information to communicate with him. None of these parties (DEC, the MET and the Boathouse) likes publicity so I would not post any information for now and I will depend on their good nature and look forward to a reasonable solution to this ongoing hazard to our precious wild friends.
I will keep at it and give all involved a reasonable time to take action. The hawks and all other wildlife in the park continue to be at risk while we wait however so I must see a timely response for their sake.
Exposed Rodenticide at the Loeb Boathouse Restaurant
Central Park, NYC
Date found October 7, 2011 1:00PM
Rodenticide was used inconsistent with product label
October 12, 2011
Department of Environmental Conservation
NYSDEC Region 2 Office
1 Hunters Point Plaza
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Thanks for following up on this serious incident with me.
Attached is a still photograph of the rat poison at the Boathouse which will ID the rodenticide by its shape and color.
This is the video to show the exact location of the poison.
I have included a link to Bell Labs website which clearly identifies the rodenticides which they manufacture.
Bell Labs' products are colored and shaped according to the type of ingredients used. The rodenticide found at the Boathouse Restaurant is Contrac All Weather Blox made by Bell Labs. It contains 'Bromadiolone' a deadly poison which has a lethal secondary effect on non-target animals.
Contrac Product Label:
Excerpts from product Label:
"It is a violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling."
"Apply bait in locations out of reach of children, pets, domestic animals and nontarget
wildlife, or in tamper-resistant bait stations. These stations must be resistant to
destruction by dogs and by children under six years of age, and must be used in a
manner that prevents such children from reaching into bait compartments and obtaining
bait. If bait can be shaken from bait stations when they are lifted, units must be secured
or otherwise immobilized. Stronger bait stations are needed in areas open to hoofed
livestock, raccoons, bears, or other potentially destructive animals, or in areas prone to
"Bait stations are mandatory for outdoor, above-ground use. Tamper-resistant bait
stations must be used if children, pets, non-target mammals, or birds may access the bait."
"Do not broadcast bait"
"This product is extremely toxic to fish, birds and other wildlife. Dogs and predatory and
scavenging mammals and birds might be poisoned if they feed upon animals that have eaten
this bait. Do not apply this product directly to water or to areas where surface water is
present or to intertidal areas below the mean high water mark. Runoff also may be
hazardous to aquatic organisms in water adjacent to treated areas. Do not contaminate
water when disposing of equipment wash water or rinsate. 042511/04-11"
As you can see, several warnings on the product label has been violated by the Loeb Boathouse Restaurant.
I look forward to your timely action to penalize the Boathouse Restaurant and also the NYC Parks & Recreation which was informed about it and did nothing. I have a video recording of me informing a Park's Enforcement officer of the problem and she just drove off without doing anything.
PS: The exposed bail was removed no doubt by a restaurant employee. A young woman who was waiting to clean the restroom overheard my phone conversation to the DEC and asked me about it. I pointed it out to her.
Now the poison was certainly removed by a staff member of the restaurant or there may be a slight chance that it removed by a CP Conservancy worker. Either way the question will be 'how was it disposed'?
The cleaning staff on October 7, 2011 is clearly scheduled with times, locations, and tasks, so all are accountable for their actions. If the poison was thrown in the regular garbage then there is yet another violation of the rodenticide label.