|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Thu, 9 May 2013 10:18:07 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS: "Will Lead Bullets Finally Kill Off the California Condor?"|
Will Lead Bullets Finally Kill Off the California Condor? by Ted Williams Yale Environment 360 May 19, 2013The California condor, the largest bird in North America, was saved from extinction by a captive breeding program that increased its numbers in the wild. But now the condor is facing a new and pernicious threat - the lead from bullets used by game hunters. by ted williams
It was almost like watching wooly mammoths parting tusk-high savannah. In the gusty air above the Grand Canyon relicts from the Ice Age wheeled and dipped. Through my binoculars I could make out numbers on the wing tags of these California condors, North America’s largest and arguably most endangered bird.
By 1982 only 22 remained on the planet. Then in a decision that outraged a large element of the environmental community, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that all condors would be evacuated from the wild and bred in captivity. Friends of the Earth founder David Brower pled for "death with dignity." But in 1993 the Peregrine Fund, a conservation organization, took on captive breeding, and the program proved a stunning success. After only three years, condor releases started in northern Arizona.
... For the entire article, seehttp://e360.yale.edu/feature/ will_lead_in_bullets_finally_kill_off_california_condor/2647/
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