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California condors poisoned by lead bullets

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20% of the wild California condor population have lead poisoning so bad they have to be pulled out of the wild and treated. The poisoning is mostly from lead ammunition used by hunters who leave a carcass behind.

All California condors in the wild wear GPS trackers and are tracked as part of a $5 million per year wildlife management program.

So the condors scavenge carcasses of critters that have been shot, but the lead in the bullets used to shoot the critters are poisoning the condors?!

The notion of less-toxic bullets is an interesting one. We only want to kill what we're shooting at, not what eats them.

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