In a new Care2 petition, Paula Brown, a raptor rehabilitator from Broomfield, Colorado is asking the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to ban the use of lead ammunition by hunters after a number of birds have been brought into her facilities with lead poisoning.
The Care2 petition, which has been signed by more than 9,000 people since launching in late September (including more than 907 people in Colorado), is paired with a legal petition that Brown will present to the Parks and Wildlife Commission at its meetings on November 13 and 14.
View the petition here.
Brown says she was spurred to action after the facility received a bald eagle and two turkey vultures with lead poisoning in the span of just two weeks. Many birds ingest the toxin when they eat ammunition fragments left in carrion.
“We did a lead test on all of [the birds],” Brown told Care2. “One of the turkey vultures was above the highest readings for lead and upon x-ray, [we found] he had about 10 lead pellets in his digestive tract. His stomach was pumped and we are now getting ready to release both of the turkey vultures.”
But the ending was not so happy for the bald eagle. “The day I had to help euthanize her was the day I decided I was going to work towards getting lead banned in Colorado,” Brown says.
California banned lead ammunition for hunting in 2013, with full implementation of the ban expected to take place in 2019. The U.S. military has also announced it will switch to “green ammunition” — a bullet in which lead is replaced with a less toxic tungsten composite — by 2018.
Brown has until October 30 to gather signatures before the comment deadline ends. The Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting will take place at the Burlington Community & Education Center November 13 and 14 from 8:30am. to 5pm.
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