Effect of lead ammunition on wildlife, people - KOTA Territory News

Effect of lead ammunition on wildlife, people

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Wildlife conservationists say the "norm" when it comes to ammunition may not only be harmful to animals and the environment, but to people.   

Saturday at the Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City, conservationists with the South Dakota Wildlife Federation spoke on a number of environmental topics.

Helene Van Doninck with Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation explained the dangers of lead based ammunition.

She says it is causing lead poisoning in many wildlife animals, especially eagles and ravens.

Doninck says this is often due to gut piles left behind by hunters.

Another concern with lead ammunition is it has been found in game meat throughout Canada, and it's most likely no different in the Black Hills.

Doninck says she encourages hunters to use copper ammunition, but first wants them to know what lead can do.   

"I just want people to be informed," said Doninck. "Know there's a lot of misinformation about lead and about non lead ammunition and the kinds of effects it can have on wildlife and people and the environment." 

Lead poisoning attacks the nervous system, decreases muscle, and can lead to a slow death for animals if not treated.

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