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Condor lead poisoning persists, impeding recovery, study finds


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The California condor is chronically endangered by lead exposure from ammunition and requires ongoing human intervention for population stability and growth, according to a new study led by the University of California, Santa Cruz, and involving the University of Colorado Boulder.

 

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Lead Poisoning 'Epidemic' Keeps Condors From Bouncing Back

 

Despite three decades of conservation efforts, the endangered California condor is still on the brink of extinction, new research finds.

 

Without continued intensive work by humans, there could be as few as 22 of these enormous scavengers in California in as few as 11 years — the same low that the population reached in 1982, triggering emergency conservation measures. The culprit, scientists report Monday (June 25) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, remains the same as it did 30 years ago: lead poisoning from leftover ammunition.

 

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