Will Lead Bullets Finally Kill Off the California Condor?
Tuesday, May 14 2013 @ 12:46 AM EDT
Contributed by: MaryF
Today 234 California condors are living
in the wild, 194 of them captive bred.
Today 234 birds are living in the wild (194 of them captive bred), but the prognosis for the species is scarcely brighter than in 1982; they’re being poisoned. When lead bullets strike bone they tend to splinter, impregnating meat and entrails with toxic fragments, any one of which can kill a condor. All manner of carrion-eating birds and mammals feast on the poisoned gut piles left when hunters field dress game.
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