Wildlife advocates are urging hunters to reconsider some of their hunting practices — in particular, those that are harming eagles and other wild animals long after the hunters have left the area.
Leila Riddall, a volunteer with the Haida Gwaii Animal Helpline, says there has been an increase in eagles falling ill after ingesting lead.
When an eagle ingests lead, it can’t function properly, and in some cases, it can’t fly.
“They’re unable to hunt, and that’s usually when we come across them when they’re weak, and they can’t fly,” she said. “They’re usually pretty emaciated at that point.”
Riddall said hunters are leaving out deer carcasses that have been contaminated by lead ammunition.
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