Getting the lead out

Tobin, Mitch
March 2007
High Country News;3/5/2007, Vol. 39 Issue 4, p4
The article focuses on the rising number of deaths of California condors and other birds in California due to poisoning by lead ammunitions. It is noted that birds get sick by lead as they swallow bullet fragments left inside the carcasses of animals. A ban on lead ammunitions has been proposed by the California Department of Fish and Game to minimize deaths of birds. It is viewed that condors may be predisposed to lead poisoning as pellets of indigestible material are often not coughed up by them. Sportsman Anthony Prieto says that a little extra money spent by hunters for an unleaded ammunition box is a pittance compared to the money spent by them on rifles and scopes.


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