Condor group wants to get more hunters to avoid lead bullets

Surely this shouldn’t be difficult?

An effort to bring one of the world’s largest birds back from the verge of extinction is expanding after northern Arizona and southern Utah received some success in getting deer hunters to use ammo not made of lead.

A group working to protect the endangered California condor is setting its sights on small-game and varmint hunters as result continues to threaten the birds that feed on animal carcasses. The group has enlisted the help of a social scientist to target its messaging to a broader set of hunters that are not always after big game.

“We have hope for success, it all comes down to this change in hunter tradition — and to change your traditions takes a long time, ” said Chris Parish of the Peregrine Fund, which tracks the condors in the Southwest U.S. “It’s not an overnight change.”

The condors nearly went extinct in the…

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