March 12, 2010
The decade-long effort to bring condors back from the brink of extinction suffered a setback this winter when three of the 74 condors in Arizona died of lead poisoning as a result of eating fragments of lead in the carcasses of deer killed by hunters in and around the Grand Canyon.
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Expanded options for hunters in condor country
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has expanded its options for big game hunters drawn for hunts in the California condor’s core range (GMU 12 A/B and 13 A/B) to obtain non-lead ammunition for their hunts. Non-lead ammunition will now be available at all regional Game and Fish offices in some of the most popular calibers. Hunters are encouraged to check a region’s current inventory by visiting www.azgfd.gov/condor before making the trip, as not all calibers may be available.
Lead poisoning claims three Grand Canyon condors out of wild flock of 74
The dreaded signal sounded just after Christmas — the sustained tone that indicated Condor 127 had stopped moving. Word passed quickly through the tight ranks of the small team of biologists that have labored for the past decade to re-establish condors in the wilds of the Grand Canyon, from a release site atop the Vermillion Cliffs.