Raptor Center promoting lead free ammunition

6:46 AM, Oct 19, 2012   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - The University of Minnesota Raptor Center and Maxime the Bald Eagle visited KARE 11 Sunrise to talk about the benefits of using lead free ammunition this hunting season.

Spent lead ammunition embedded in gut piles and carcasses is a significant and deadly source of lead poisoning among bald eagles in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Each year around the opening of deer hunting season, The Raptor Center sees an increased number of cases of lead-poisoned eagles.

On Saturday, October 2 at Cabela's in Rogers The Raptor Center staff will be on hand to share pictures, videos and first-hand-accounts of the damaging effects lead poisoning can have on eagles as well as testimonials from hunters who use copper ammunition in place of lead.

Further information on lead bullet alternatives will be provided by ammunition and ballistics experts at the event.

The demonstration is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cabela's, 2020 Rogers Drive, Rogers.

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