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Posted on July 16 at 11:06 a.m.
Becky is right, ammunition lead is not as great a threat as are power lines, towers in general, and "microtrash" as noted by the Los Padres Forestwatch team above are far as actual sources of mortality. More condors, including nestlings, have been recorded to have died from any of the one related causes above in California than lead proven to have come from ammunition.
Pesticides are even a problem, though apparently in the Big Sur population. Shell thinning has been a concern for several years from DDT-like residues coming from food sources somewhere.
Just ask the folks you are talking to as to what has been reported by the condor program participants as to actual mortality versus "inference".
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