Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Saving The Eagles

✰✰✰✰✰ SOAR (Saving Our Avian Resources) lost another Bald Eagle to lead-poisoning. A senseless and preventable death, that could have been avoided by hunters us ing non-lead ammunition.... ❖From Kay Neumann (SOAR): “The lead from a scavenged meal damaged his liver and kidneys, bound to his red blood cells making them unable to carry oxygen, and caused seizures and death. There are no more excuses. If you hunt use non lead ammunition, if you know someone who hunts make sure they are using non lead. Causing this kind of suffering is unacceptable. Be responsible. Be ethical. Respect the resource.” As we have seen with D12 and D14 from Decorah, raptors face a myriad hazards everyday, trying to live a natural life in a non-natural world. Through the Deer hunting season, we will see more deaths from lead ingestion... ❖From Bob Anderson (RRP): [a statement made concerning D1, the 2011 juvenile eagle from Decorah] “I am a little concerned about D1’s safety and will be following her on a daily basis. We are half way through deer season and I’ve already heard of several lead poisoned eagles. I’m hoping the total number of poisoned eagles will be down this year given the publicity surrounding lead poisoning. Last week, a friend from Decorah stopped by my house to ask where he could obtain non-lead/non-toxic shotgun slugs. He told me that the copper clad slugs were all sold out at our local Wal-Mart store. This is a good sign." PLEASE SHARE THIS. Especially with those who do hunt and fish. Please ask them to consider using non-lead ammunition to help to stop unintended harm to both scavenger animals AND humans.....A simple change that can have a huge effect