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Endangered Condors Turning Up With Lead Poisoning


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Cher
- 3909 days ago - argusleader.com
Seven endangered California condors - about 20 percent of Southern California's population - have been found with lead poisoning. The birds started turning up sick about a month ago during random trappings at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge



   

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Cher C (1426)
Wednesday June 4, 2008, 8:38 am
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Seven endangered California condors – about 20 percent of Southern California’s population – have been found with lead poisoning.

The birds started turning up sick about a month ago during random trappings at Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge in the San Joaquin Valley.

One of the birds died during treatment at the Los Angeles Zoo and four others are still being treated there. A chick and its mother were sent to the zoo to undergo treatment.

Officials don’t yet know the source of the contamination, but a U.S. Fish and Wildlife official said the birds were likely poisoned by eating the carcasses of animals that had been shot by hunters.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 4, 2008, 8:53 am
I AGREE THE HUNTERS LEAVE THE DEAD ANIMALS SAD,I MISS CAL 39 YEARS I LIVED THERE
 

Dawna Raven Sky Zimbalist (261)
Wednesday June 4, 2008, 11:32 am
this is a bummer, yet I remember when I did Raptor Banding a few years ago in Montana, it was part of a Golden Eagle Study, and they were turning up with high lead content as well. Mostly, it is when hunters do not clean up their gut piles and with Condors being scavengers this is what happens. They go to a carcus after the predators are gone and get the left overs... sad, yet true.
 

Susan Spears (9)
Wednesday June 4, 2008, 2:09 pm
I HAVE SEEN THESE IN FLIGHT WHEN I SPENT ABOUT 3 MONTHS CAMPING IN THE DESERT OUT WEST-THEY ARE TRULY INSPIRATIONAL. NOT PRETTY BIRDS, BUT FIERCE AND MIGHTY. I HAD A GOOSE ATTACK ME ONCE WHEN I WANDERED TO CLOSE TO A NEST. I COULD ONLY IMAGINE WHAT A BIRD BUILT FOR LETHAL ACTION COULD DO-THEY ARE MAJESTIC IN THEIR WAY. THIS IS ANOTHER MAN MADE TRAVESTY. TO BE SO SELF PROCLAIMED "INTELLIGENCE", WE HAVE SURE SHOWN MASS STUPIDITY AND INDIFFERENCE.
 

Morgan Griffith (225)
Wednesday June 4, 2008, 3:27 pm
There us also a problem with lead from outdoor shooting ranges, that could be a source.
 

Tia P (7)
Wednesday June 4, 2008, 5:10 pm
Gov. Schwarzenegger has responded to an avalanche of requests to take action in an effort to end this particular cause of poisoning & signed a bill that prohibits use of lead pellets in shotgun shells used in CA. One small step... now if we could just ban hunting...
 

RIVER F (98)
Friday June 6, 2008, 8:39 am
ONE STEP AT A TIME. RIV. THX FOR THE POST.
 
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