The Audubon Society of Portand today released the results of a new study into lead poisoning of raptors both in urban and rural areas. The research prompted the Audubon chapter to conclude that lead from ammunition is likely responsible for increased lead levels in birds. "The results clearly indicate that a ban on the use of lead ammunition for hunting should be considered in Oregon," the chapter concludes. Last year, Audubon California and its partners succeeded in passing a phased requirement for non-lead ammunition for all hunting California.
(Above, an Audubon Society of Portland veterinarian holds a Bald Eagle that was treated at the Wildlife Care Center for lead poisoning. Photo by Tinsley Hunsdorfer)