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California to Observe Non-lead Ammunition Hunting Regulation in Condor Range Beginning July 1

From California Department of Fish and Game

-- The law requiring the use of non-lead ammunition in California's condor range takes effect July 1. A list of certified bullets, packaged ammunition and a map of the areas encompassed by the ban are available at

Assembly Bill 821, signed into law last October, banned lead bullets for hunting in historic condor range which encompasses all or portions of 13 central and southern counties and seven different deer hunting zones. The bill addressed the fact that endangered condors have died from lead poisoning and concluded that lead fragments from hunters' bullets pose potential risk.

Last December, the California Fish and Game Commission expanded the lead ban to include ammunition from shotguns, muzzle-loading rifles and rimfire firearms. The ban encompasses hunting of deer, bear, wild pig, pronghorn antelope and nongame species like ground squirrels. Lead ammunition was prohibited for taking coyotes in AB 821.

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