Oregon Field Guide

Condors and Lead Bullets

Condor recovery efforts face serious setbacks when dozens of birds released to the wild get sick or die from lead poisoning. Scientists link the lead found in the endangered condors to lead in bullet fragments from hunters’ carcass discards. The National Rifle Association disputes any link between lead bullets and condor deaths. Meanwhile Yurok Tribal hunters encourage the use of non-lead ammunition.

Producer - Vince Patton
Videographer - Todd Sonflieth
Editor - Lisa Suinn Kallem
Video Courtesy - Jeff McLoughlin & “Shadow of the Condor”, Michael Durham, Oregon Zoo

More Information
Oregon Zoo Condor Program
Non-Lead Hunting
EPA Drops Lead Bullet Rules
Shadow of the Condor
Editorial: NRA Fights Ammunition Restrictions


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