Condor released after checking lead levels
In 2007, the Institute for Wildlife Studies received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to spearhead a program to make hunters aware of alternatives to lead ammunition. Lead ammunition has been shown to be an environmental hazard that causes poisoning of wildlife. Bald eagles and California Condors are vulnerable to lead poisoning as they feed on the remains of animals taken by sportspersons.
IWS is partnered with the following organizations to institute an outreach program to offer hunters and landowners opportunities to evaluate non-lead ammunition:
Outreach consists of a series of demonstration events at various public and private shooting ranges. At these events, participants have the opportunity to shoot non-lead ammunition (provided free of cost) in a variety of calibers.
The demonstration events also feature comparisons between lead ammunition and non-lead alternatives. These illustrate the performance of the two types of bullet, and they also show the degree to which a lead bullet may break up after penetration.
The IWS Non-Lead Outreach Coordinator also gives informative talks to sporting clubs, to landowner associations, and at community events such as fairs.
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