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Will Lead Bullets Finally Kill Off the California Condor? - Yale Environment 360

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Today 234 California condors are living in the wild, 194 of them captive bred. George Lamson/Shutterstock
The California condor, the largest bird in North America, was saved from extinction by a captive breeding program that increased its numbers in the wild. But now the condor is facing a new and pernicious threat — the lead from bullets used by game hunters.


On April 16, 2013 a bill to ban lead hunting ammo in California passed its first hurdle when the Parks and Wildlife Committee of the state assembly approved it by a 9 to 5 vote. Without such a ban, extinction of the California condor is inevitable, according to a 2012 study by the National Academy of Sciences.


Read more: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/will_lead_in_bullets_finally_kill_off_california_condor/2647/

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