This is a rather astounding statistic listed on the Rural Blog:
The U.S. Geological Survey figures that up to 400,000 lead-shot pellets per acre fall annually onto popular hunting fields, and about 80,000 tons of lead falls on the nation’s trap, skeet, and target ranges.
It’s the scavengers that are being poisoned: eagles, loons, condors. Don’t forget the majestic buzzard.
“When lead projectiles hit large mammals they shatter, impregnating swaths of soft tissue as wide as three feet with toxic fragments. Just one the size of a BB can fatally poison an eagle.” That’s from an Audubon magazine writer.