On March 10, the National Park Service announced a new goal to “eliminate the use of lead ammunition and lead fishing tackle in parks by the end of 2010”. Click here to read previous coverage. The announcement sparked a firestorm of controversy with hunting groups, fishing groups, state agencies, and others. Now, the NPS offers this clarification, from their website:
_1. Nothing has changed for the public. We are simply announcing the NPS goal of eliminating lead from NPS activities to protect human and wildlife health.
_2. We will work to clean our own house by altering NPS resource management activities. In 2009, we will transition to non-lead ammunition in culling operations and dispatching sick or wounded animals.
3. In the future, we will look at the potential for transitioning to non-lead ammunition and non-lead fishing tackle for recreational use by working with our policy office and appropriate stakeholders/groups. This will require public involvement, comment, and review.