We’ve all heard about lead before, and its dangerous side effects. Long-term exposure has been linked to brain damage and organ failure in humans. It’s equally as devastating in wildlife.
A 2022 study finds that about half of adult bald eagles in North America have chronic lead poisoning. Raptor centers around the region continue to take in birds with severe symptoms.
Experts point to lead bullets left behind by hunters as a leading cause for this trend. So, some hunters and ecologists are trying to change that.
Producer: Michael Livingston
Host: Dan Wanschura
Editor: Morgan Springer
Music: Run To Life, One Man Book, Hans Troost
Special thanks: Wildside Rehabilitation Center, Skegemog Raptor Center, University of Minnesota Raptor Center