There was an opinion piece (March 6) and a letter to the editor (March 11) in The Bee bemoaning the lack of ammunition for hunters. It’s difficult to believe that ammunition makers will not be able to supply the required copper and alloy ammunition for hunting in place of lead.
The writers never mention the reason for banning lead in ammunition in California. Bullets containing lead fragment into hundreds of tiny pieces and scavengers such as the condor feast on the carcasses of killed animals. Before the ban of lead in ammunition, 88% of condors showed lead in their blood and their leading cause of death from 1992-2009 was lead poisoning. X-rays have determined that ground game meat contains lead bullet fragments. The banning of lead has had a substantial effect in maintaining a growing population of California Condors.
We now are lead free in the following: gasoline, toys, paints and ammunition in California. I believe the free enterprise system will supply enough ammunition to meet the needs of all hunters. To preserve the integrity of wildlife that feast on entrails, let’s maintain the ban on lead in ammunition.