Mole – Talpa europaea
Moles used to be commonly poisoned using strychnine. Death by strychnine poisoning is slow and agonising, and strychnine is highly dangerous to other wildlife, domestic animals and humans. For these reasons it is now illegal to use strychnine for poisoning moles or any other animals. Moles can be beneficial to man, preying on many harmful insect larvae such as cockchafers and carrot fly, while tunnels help drain and aerate heavy soils.