Lead Ban Chronicles – Research Shows WV Vultures Carrying High Lead Concentrations
April 8, 2015
Let me preface by saying that the article in question doesn’t necessarily present any new information, especially as it relates to hunting with lead (or lead-free) ammunition. In fact, it clearly states that an additional source of the lead is most likely the coal-fired power plants in the area. But that’s the part that I find interesting… that the article does bring in additional sources of lead besides hunters.
Beyond that, as you can see in the comments, I found the article to be lacking some information that I thought would have been pertinent, such as whether there was an apparent impact on vulture populations in the area, or even if the vultures studied died from lead toxicity (or related causes).
Here’s the lede, such as it is..
A new study out of West Virginia University finds that lead poisoning in vultures is way more prevalent than expected. Researchers say the source of the lead is ammunition and coal-fired power plant emissions – prompting one researcher to liken vultures to the canaries miners once used to gauge if a coal mine was safe or not.
Give it a read. I’d love to hear your thoughts.