Discussion Topic: Park Service Clarifies Lead-Ban Announcement

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.
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_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.
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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.

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