13 Apr '11, 3pm

Bullets are Poisoning Eagles and Vultures @Care2 #wildlife

Bullets are Poisoning Eagles and Vultures @Care2 #wildlife

Research studies conducted at UC-Davis have found scavenger birds such as eagles, condors and vultures are being poisoned when they eat carrion containing lead bullets or shot. This trend is not new, but the UC-Davis research provides confirmation of it in California. Animal remains left in the wild when a game animal is shot and cleaned sometimes contain the bullets or shot. Also when hunters only wound a wild animal such as a deer or pig, and can’t track them, they die alone carrying the lead ammunition. In 2008 California banned lead ammo for hunters in condor habitat due to the rapid decline in the wild population. Lead poisoning contributed to their human-induced slide towards extinction, and is a threat to their recovery. In 1991 a ban on lead ammunition for waterfowl hunters went nationwide. Lead poisoning was also killing wild ducks, and golden eagles. Six years af...

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