Letter: If it’s hunters’ lead, why no dead vultures?

Regarding your Jan. 12 article [“Lead said to be poisoning bald eagles”] reprinted from the Fauquier Times-Democrat: I find it to be a long stretch to blame hunters for the problem. The article, in quoting the Wildlife Center senior executives, makes it sound as if hunters are such a sorry lot that large amounts of game are not ever recovered after being shot. They are also misleading in calling eagles scavengers. While they will scavenge, that is not their primary source of food. The Wildlife Center’s logic would have us find large numbers of poisoned vultures as well. There must be another source of the lead, perhaps in fish, but the thrust of the article is way off by not exploring those other sources. 

Bill Freitag
Flint Hill

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