Groups Aim To Boost Non-Lead Ammo
September 1, 2018
The North American Non-Lead Partnership (NANLP) — formed late last year by the Oregon Zoo, The Peregrine Fund and the Institute for Wildlife Studies — seeks to expand the coalition of hunters, anglers and other conservationists dedicated to improving ecosystem and wildlife health by choosing non-lead options.
Three state wildlife agencies — the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife — have recently joined the partnership, and at least five sports groups have pledged their support. One, the Arizona chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, even committed to an annual donation to support the efforts.
“The Arizona Game and Fish Department is committed to conserving and protecting Arizona’s diverse wildlife, which is why we are lending our support to the North American Non-Lead Partnership,” said Jim deVos, Arizona Game and Fish Department assistant director for wildlife management.
Since the 1980s, people have worked to remove lead from paint, gasoline and plumbing, but it still can pose a threat to wildlife. When scavenging birds and mammals eat the remains of carcasses shot with lead ammunition, tiny fragments of the heavy metal can be ingested and then absorbed into their bloodstream, often causing long-term side effects and sometimes even death.
Non-lead ammunition options, such as high performance solid copper bullets, help prevent lead poisoning in scavengers like bald eagles, golden eagles and other birds of prey.
The NANLP works to engage hunters and other wildlife enthusiasts by —
• Designing and promoting voluntary measures to increase the use of non-lead ammunition,
• Supporting the continued long-term viability of scientifically managed hunting and the associated conservation culture by providing programs that encourage sportsmen and sportswomen participation in conservation actions.
• Supporting continued efforts to conduct scientific research into the relative risk associated with specific lead exposure pathways between use of lead ammunition and wildlife, and
• Using scientific evaluation to assess and improve programs.
The three founding organizations that launched the new partnership were inspired by the success of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.