Lead Shot and Sinkers: Weighty Implications for Fish and Wildlife Health
Millions of pounds of lead used in hunting, fishing and shooting sports wind up in the environment each year and can threaten or kill wildlife, according to a new scientific report. Lead is a metal with no known beneficial role in biological systems, and its use in gasoline, paint, pesticides and solder in food cans has nearly been eliminated. Although lead shot was banned for waterfowl hunting in 1991, its use in ammunition for upland hunting, shooting sports, and in fishing tackle remains common. Numerous studies have documented adverse effects to wildlife, especially waterbirds and scavenging species, like hawks and eagles. Lead exposure from ingested lead shot, bullets and fishing sinkers has also been reported in reptiles, and studies near shooting ranges have shown evidence of lead poisoning in small mammals. To obtain a copy of the report, visit http://www.enn.com/press_releases/2562. For more information, contact Catherine Puckett at 352-264-3532 or email@example.com.
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