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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

3 Endangered California condors die from lead poisoning


You can’t hunt a California Condor, but the results of hunting can still kill them. Necropsies recently performed at the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research confirmed the presence of lead fragments in the digestive tracts of three birds...

15 comments:

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

There's so much work to be done, isn't there? This isn't something I've even thought about - lead shot killing carrion feeders. But there ya go. One more thing to worry about. Great programs, though. This is interesting news, Gaelyn. Sad for the condors.

Quiet Paths said...

I'm so glad that CA banned that shot but what gives AZ? Thanks for this update. Sad news but we need to spread the word.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: Certainly a wonderful bird in flight but on the ground they are ugly creatures.

blog with no name said...

I've seen one in the wild when I was in highschool, and again with my grandfather at the canyon before his passing. A face only a mother could love... but all God's creatures!

Martha Z said...

I heard tonight on NPR that some in the California legislature are trying to extend the ban on lead ammunition to more areas.

Rambling Woods said...

I read that...and so many animals die of some kind of toxins that we have put into the environment. Makes me so ticked off....Michelle

Carolyn Ford said...

This is mind boggling! It seems there is always something to harm wildlife...these guys are so precious...

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

How sad Gaelyn. If only there was a way to stop them hunting outside the borders of the park. Here, many people have opened "Vulture Restuarants" to help prevent this.

Firefly said...

It is a pity that more isn't done to protect this magnificent bird. We have the same kind of scenarios playing off with people poisoning rodents on farms which get eaten by protected birds and kills them.

Jo said...

Oh I do hope those laws are passed quickly. So sad how man will be the downfall of nature and eventually the environment.

Bibi said...

I don't believe in hunters, at least those who do it for 'sport' or 'recreation' or some other misleading term.....

Another case where Man has messed up Nature.

Small City Scenes said...

Interesting article and good info.
I believe lead shot is banned in Washington although it is still being used. the Trumpter Swan are victims of the lead. They feed in harvested corn fields and of course many birds (pheasant etc) are hunted in the fields before harvest or in corn fields reserved for hunting. Whatever it is not a good thing. MB

jeannette stgermain said...

Thanks for sharing the plight of the condors. Such magnificent wings -great pics, Gaelyn!

Pam said...

I was so hoping this would stop happening with some of the new laws...but this just reinforces that we haven't gone far enough with our wildlife protection.
Thanks for the update, Gaelyn.

Louise said...

Unhappy, but very useful information. I didn't know anything about condors in the area.

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