Potential good news for our condors
- Please read and send comments of support to Fish and Game for more
restrictions on lead ammunition in California! You can watch a video
about this that was on the new KQED program Quest at:
Tejon Ranch to ban lead bullets in hopes of protecting condor
Saturday, February 24, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
(02-24) 03:49 PST Gorman, Calif. (AP) --
The state's largest private game reserve plans to ban the use of lead
bullets out of concern the ammunition is poisoning the endangered
The ban at Tejon Ranch will go into effect for the 2008 hunting
season, Robert A. Stine, president and chief executive of Tejon Ranch
Co., said Friday.
The sprawling 270,000-acre ranch along Interstate 5 in Kern and Los
Angeles counties is a favorite feeding and resting spot for the
Stine said recent studies led him to conclude the birds were becoming
sick or dying from lead poisoning after they consumed the remains of
animals shot by hunters using lead bullets. There are about 70
condors living in the wild in California, according to a federal
"We decided we could and should do something about it," Stine
said. "We decided the time to act is now."
The ranch home to deer, elk, antelope, wild pigs, wild turkeys,
doves and other game attracts more than 1,800 hunters each year.
Stine said he expects many hunters to switch to copper bullets and
Environmentalists applauded the decision.
"No single step is more important for the condor's future than
banning the use of lead ammunition within the condor's range," said
Glenn Olson, vice president and executive director of Audubon
Olson said the move could boost efforts to place more restrictions on
lead bullets in other condor habitat areas.
The state Fish and Game Commission is expected to address such
proposals at a meeting next month.
- Lovely film clip. Certainly gives a positive spin to
the condor recovery program. If we can really
eliminate the lead shot, perhaps there is hope for a
truly wild population of condors here in CA.