- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A nonprofit conservation group is bringing lead-free ammunition to Native American reservations to help reduce toxic levels in condors.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports (https://bit.ly/1MxsSby) Arizona Game and Fish Department data released in June shows more of the endangered scavengers are testing positive for toxic levels of the metal despite voluntary lead bullet reduction programs.

Condors ingest parts of lead bullets when they eat animal innards left behind by hunters.

Peregrine Fund condor project director Chris Parish says he spent last weekend passing out copper ammunition at northern Arizona’s Kaibab Indian Reservation, which sits on 121,000 acres within condor territory.

Parish plans to return with more lead-free bullets in October. He said tribal leaders are behind the effort, which is funded by a $20,000 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant.


Information from: Arizona Daily Sun, https://www.azdailysun.com/

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