Claim: Researcher's Dog Poisoned By Pot Growers

Environmentalists believe that a researcher's dog was killed by marijuana farmers

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    Who killed Nyxo?

    There are no suspects in the February death of ecologist Mourad Gabriel's Labrador mix, according to law enforcement.

    But since the 10-year-old dog died after eating meat laced with a rat poison Gabriel had been researching, there is suspicion among some that it was marijuana growers, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

    A petition with 55,000 signatures was delivered to the state Attorney General's office by the Center for Biological Diversity, which called for a deeper investigation.

    IIlegal pot farms often used toxic chemicals, according to the newspaper, such as the ones Gabriel is researching. Gabriel requires a law enforcement escort when visiting pot farms, the newspaper reported.

    No other dogs have been similarly poisoned in the Blue Lake area, where Gabriel's home is located.