Free Non-Lead Ammunition Presentation and Bullet Exchange Hosted by Yurok
August 26, 2013
Sequoia Park Zoo will host a presentation by Michael Palermo, Wildlife Biologist for the Yurok Tribe, on alternatives to lead ammunition. The presentation will be held Thursday, September 5th at 6:30 p.m., followed by an ammunition/bullet exchange at 7:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments and snacks will be available, including door prizes
“The biggest problem with lead bullets is that they fragment on impact,” said Palermo. “Lead is extremely toxic, and the fragments that remain in carcasses and gut piles can harm both people and scavenging animals. There are plenty of safer alternatives available that are just as effective, which is why we’ll be giving away free non-lead ammunition in a box-for-box exchange after the presentation.”
Palermo will have on hand most common rifle cartridges, upland shot, and a variety of reloading calibers. These are copper bullets developed and loaded by manufacturers such as Barnes, Nosler, Hornady, Winchester, and Federal and they will accept lead ammunition and bullets of any quality in exchange.
“We’re pleased to be hosting this workshop,” said Gretchen Ziegler, Sequoia Park Zoo Manager. “Many of the wildlife species in our area use gut piles to supplement their diet, and lead poisoning can be fatal. It’s the single largest cause of death for re-released California Condors, a topic of particular concern to both the Zoo and the Yurok as we work towards the reintroduction of these magnificent birds on the North Coast.”
To register for the presentation, contact Mike Palermo at (707) 482-1822 extension 1028 or send an email to su.ns1430517364n.ebi1430517364rtkor1430517364uy@om1430517364relap1430517364m1430517364.
Contact: Gretchen Ziegler, Zoo Manager