Southern California environment news and trends

New petition seeks to regulate lead in hunting ammunition

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A golden eagle.

A wide-ranging band of environmental groups have come together to formally request that the Environmental Protection Agency consider banning or limiting the use of lead in hunting ammo. As reported by the New York Times, the coalition argues that lead poisoning is contaminating both wildlife and humans who consume animals killed with lead bullets and buckshot.

"The EPA has taken steps to address toxic lead in almost every available product from gasoline to plumbing to toys," said Jeff Miller of the Center for Biological Diversity to the Huffington Post. "The one source of lead that is still causing significant lead exposure is hunting ammunition and fishing tackle."

While a similar petition was denied in 2010, Miller believes that this larger and more diverse coalition of groups (which now includes hunting organizations) and more extensive research showing the link between toxic levels of lead in hunting ammo and “significant” poisoning of birds like condors and eagles around the country.


Controversy: California FGC President kills mountain lion in Idaho

Mountain lion head shot

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A photograph of an adult mountain lion.

Dan Richards, the current president of California’s Fish and Game Commission president, is in a whirlwind of controversy after a photo was released showing him posing with a dead mountain lion he killed in Idaho. While hunting mountain lions is illegal here in California, hunting the big cats is allowed in Idaho.

Even though the hunt was perfectly legal in Idaho, it has still generated plenty of outrage here in California with the picture, which Richards shared with the Western Outdoor News, who originally published the photo, according to The California Majority Report. They've released a scathing editorial (along with the offending photo, so please proceed with caution) calling for California Governor Jerry Brown to replace Richards, also stating that he’s opposed the Marine Life Protection Act in the past. The U.S. Humane Society has posted the picture to their Facebook page, suggesting that users "drop a (polite) email to the folks at the Fish and Game Commission and ask for a new president."