Date: 7/20/22 8:29 am
From: Erin Sauer <erinsauer10...>
Subject: Support USFWS proposed ban on lead use on National Wildlife Refuges
Hello Arkansas birders,

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is currently accepting comments on a
proposal to open or expand hunting and/or sport fishing on 19 National
Wildlife Refuges. In addition, they are proposing to ban the use of lead on
these newly opened refuge lands. This ban on lead would include upland game
hunting, big game hunting, and sport fishing. Lead poisoning is a major
source of direct human-caused mortality in birds, poisoning an estimated 16
million birds <https://abcbirds.org/program/pesticides/lead/>
annually, particularly
eagles
<https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2022/04/12/new-study-shows-nearly-half-of-bald-eagles-affected-by-chronic-lead-poisoning/#:~:text=The%20study%20showed%20that%2046,over%20long%20periods%20of%20time.>.
These poisonings could easily be prevented by switching to
non-lead ammunition and fishing weights.

You can register your support for banning lead ammunition and lead fishing
tackle on National Wildlife Refuges. Comments will be accepted through
August 8th. Follow the link below to see the text of the proposed
regulation change. In the upper left corner of the page, there is a
"Comment" button that will take you to a page where you can voice your
support for banning lead ammunition on the newly opened refuge lands.

https://www.regulations.gov/document/FWS-HQ-NWRS-2022-0055-0001

Thank you,
Erin
--
Erin L. Sauer, Ph.D. (she/they)
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Arkansas
<erinsauer10...>

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