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Bills would ban lead in fishing gear, a bird killer

It only takes a piece of lead the size of a grain of rice to kill a bird


March 17, 2021


Common loons swallow old lead pellets while searching for small stones they use to aid digestion.

A ban on lead used in fishing equipment - sinkers and jigs - is again being discussed at the Legislature.

Lead poisons any animal that ingests it. The impetus this year was discovery of dead trumpeter swans that were believed to have swallowed lost lead fishing gear while feeding.

Lead pellets, leftovers from the days when lead birdshot was legal for waterfowl hunting, also are a problem. Lead shot was banned nationwide in 1991. Lead remains on lake bottoms, however, and it never breaks down.


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