- Associated Press - Monday, May 12, 2014

BLUE LAKE, Calif. (AP) - Sheriff’s officials in Northern California say there is a strong possibility that illegal marijuana growers were behind the poisoning death of a researcher’s dog.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Lt. Wayne Hanson said on Monday that investigators are exploring that theory, as they probe the death of Nyxo, a 10-year-old Labrador mix.

Nyxo died in February after eating red meat laced with brodifacoum, a rat poison. Its owner, ecologist Mourad Gabriel, published a study in 2012 that concluded rat poison used on illegal marijuana farms may be sickening and killing a type of weasel.

Hanson said investigators have no concrete evidence that pot growers were behind the dog’s death, but have noted the correlation between how it died and Gabriel’s research.

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