State Commission Imposes Lead Ammunition Ban to Protect Condor

Hunters will no longer be allowed to fire lead ammunition when they are in California condor habitat.

The California Fish and Game Commission on Friday adopted the
sweeping ban in an effort to safeguard North America's largest flying bird. The vote was 3-1.

Scientists say condors are poisoned when they ingest lead while
feeding on the bullet-ridden carcasses of other animals.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation in October that banned most lead ammunition, but the commission's decision goes further. Its regulation bans hunters from using .22 caliber guns that were exempted by the Legislature.

The regulation will take effect July 1.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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