Use Non-lead Bullets for Hunting
Denver Audubon and Nature Educators are collaborating to promote the positive contributions of hunting and the use of non-lead ammunition to protect non-game wildlife.
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Every good marksmen would agree that a successful hunt takes just one pull of the trigger to drop the animal with a quick, humane kill. Accidentally killing non-target wildlife isn’t any hunter’s intention. However, when hunters use lead-based bullets, any remains left behind from the kill have the potential to expose predators and scavengers—like eagles, hawks, and falcons—to lead.
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Lead-based bullets fragment upon impact with a target. When a scavenger or predator ingests these fragments, the consequences can be fatal for several reasons. Lead dissolves in the animal’s stomach and is absorbed into the bloodstream, tissues, and bones. Lead attacks the nervous system—causing tremors, convulsions, cognitive delays, and poor coordination—and paralyzes the gastrointestinal tract. The animal eventually dies either directly from the lead poisoning or because the symptoms impede its ability to hunt or ward off predators.