The Peregrine Fund hopes to save California Condors, one of world’s largest birds, from extinction by asking hunters in Utah and Arizona to use lead free ammunition.
Hunting and habitat destruction almost caused the California Condor to become extinct. Lead poisoning, however, causes the most deaths. Hunters, using lead bullets, while target shooting, shooting rabbits and other small animals. The birds then feed on the carcasses and suffer from lead poisoning.
In 1996, six California Condors were released in the region. There are now eighty-two. Roughly 450 birds live in captivity or in California and Mexico.
The Peregrine Fund has recruited social scientists and wants to educate coyote and bobcat hunters, as well as those who put down feral or domestic animals and leave the bodies for the condors and other scavenging birds.
The states of Arizona and Utah have sent letters to deer hunters, provided lead free ammunition at no cost, hosted shooting clinics, and offered raffles for those willing to drop off animal carcasses. The programs, however, are voluntary.
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