Originally Posted by RTK
Last study I read about showed it was not the lead used by the hunters/shooters that was/is causing the problems with the condor, but a different source in the environment. Better get on mother nature.lol
You don't see them changing the law back to allow lead now though. I think it had just as much to do with trying to ban hunting as saving the condor (ugly vulcher bird).
Yes, I would like to know the real truth and statistics behind keeping the Condor zone and especially since they want to expand it to the whole state...and eventually not just for hunting. I have read that lead paint on buildings at retired army bases and other sources are in part or perhaps mostly the source, not bullet fragments in gut piles. But the other side says that there is data that shows the lead ban was followed by an increase in Condor survival rate. But is that the whole story? Maybe they demolished and cleaned up a military or industrial mess during that period.
Besides, why not just require hunters to bury the gut piles? Coyotees who can dig are not cited as needing protection, only Condors and other birds of prey. And they cite 99.9% hunter compliance with the lead ban, so they should realize that requiring gut burial would be effective as well.
Barnes are excellent bullets, but we should be allowed to use them when we choose rather than be forced to because of a feel good political move that does not actually save endangered wildlife.
I have written my representatives.
Maybe its time for a dedicated thread here.