Environment & Science

Audubon wants California to outlaw lead shot on state lands

A wildlife conservation group wants California to expand a ban on lead ammunition for hunting.

Hunters in this state can't use lead shot on federal lands now. That's because a growing concern that lead threatens wetland environments – backed by scientific study – has helped create a ban on lead in waterfowl hunting.

But hunters can still shoot at upland game, like doves, quails and pigeons, with lead ammunition on state lands. Ducks and these birds will eat spent shot, and spread the lead anyway.

Other states have taken action already – half the country has tougher bans on lead shot than the federal government. Sixteen states require nontoxic ammunition for dove hunting.

Audubon California wants similar legislation in California. Santa Barbara Assemblyman Pedro Nava has said he's working on the issue.