This week is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. There are many great sites (some listed below) with tool kits and other ways to empower the general public with education on the topic of lead and humans.
We’d also like to expand this conversation by including the topic of impacts of lead on wildlife. As most of you know, The Raptor Center has documented lead poisoning from spent lead ammunition in our bald eagle patients over our 40 years. We strive to be a leader in educating the public on alternatives to lead ammunition. Healthy raptors in a healthy shared ecosystem with humans yields great benefits.
We’d like to share some resources with you. Here is an article written by our Executive Director, Dr. Julia Ponder, on implications for public health as relating to hunting ammunition choices.
EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) site here
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) site here
MNDNR site with information on lead for hunters here