Ban Lead Ammo For Condors

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Editor:

There is no better time than Earth Day to than draw attention to one of our many environmental disasters that are happening right now on our planet. This involves our own state, and one of our most beloved areas.

It’s astounding to me that 28 of the Grand Canyon region’s 80 condors have been treated for blood poisoning over the same time period, and that overall, 38 of the 166 condors reintroduced in Utah and Arizona since 1996 have been killed by lead poisoning. Even the Arizona Game and Fish Department indicates that lead toxicity has been identified as the leading cause of death in condors in the Arizona reintroduction program. Here’s the source for this fact: http://www. azgfd.gov/w_c/california_condor_lead.shtml

These avoidable deaths are just the latest chapter in a growing body of evidence demonstrating that lead bullets keep on poisoning and killing birds and other wildlife long after the ammunition takes down their initial prey.

It makes no sense that we’re allowing lead poisoning to continue its assault on wildlife long after the ammunition leaves the gun barrel.

With the help of the Endangered Species Act, which has prevented the extinction of 99 percent of the more than 1,400 species it protects, we’ve gone to great efforts to save California condors from extinction.

Today, they are among the hundreds of plants and animals protected by the Act that are on the road to recovery, including our Apache trout, black-footed ferrets and Northern Aplomado falcons that we see right here in Arizona.

Here in the 40th year of the Endangered Species Act, let’s not throw away all our successful work, to date, to save California condors.

Dick and Sandi Crane

Comments

Dan Haapala 11 months, 4 weeks ago

You won't like this response, at least I don't think you will but after reading your post two questions come to mind. First, Just what is it that Condors do that requires they be protected from a world where large scavengers aren't wanted? Why would you want to take away my small supply of lead bullets and possibly shut down the industry that supplies weapons to the very people that keep us safe (the military) when Condors can't keep us safe? Third question just came to me, How did the Condors come in contact with lead if shooting them is illegal? Just asking, Dan Haapala.

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don evans 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Cranes writing about Condors, now that's a Hoot (owl?)...

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Donald Cline 11 months, 3 weeks ago

"Hunting within the park boundaries is prohibited. No firearms are allowed except as provided for through permission of the Superintendent, secured from park rangers at entrances." (Grand Canyon Park Regulations)

I think that covers it. No need to ban or disable an entire industry. (I would like to see that regulation rescinded, not for hunting, but because the Park is operated by the federal government and the federal government has no delegated authority to prohibit my keeping and bear of arms.)

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Pat Randall 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Do condors eat the lead or are they being shot? If they eat the lead what else do condors eat that kill them? Going to outlaw what ever it may be? Why don't the do gooders for plants and animals worry more about the starving and sick people in the US?

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