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Bill Would Ban Hunters From Using Lead Shot In All State Wildlife Areas



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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
A bill intended to protect wildlife from lead poisoning is expected to face strong opposition from hunters and gun advocacy groups. 
 
As Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports, the measure would require shooters to use non-toxic ammunition in California’s wilderness...
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Currently, the use of lead shot is prohibited in the habitat of the endangered California Condor. 

But, Democratic Assemblymember Pedro Nava says his bill would expand that to all state wildlife areas. 

He says it’s intended to prevent birds of prey from eating animals that may have been shot with lead ammunition. 

Dan Taylor is with Audubon California—which is sponsoring Nava’s bill...
 
Taylor: “Our effort here is to address an environmental poison. This is not a threat or an attack to hunting...”
 
Sam Paredes with the group “Gun Owners of California” disagrees...
 
Paredes: “Lead has been used for hundreds of years and there’s no problem. Nobody’s dying from lead poisoning from consuming birds with lead, lead shot. None of this is happening. These folks want to see hunters out of the woods...”
 
Twenty other states have similar lead ammo bans in place. 

Hunting with lead shot in wetlands has been banned under federal law since 1991.  
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