Special news, guys! It seems bald eagles in Iowa are getting all kinds of lead poisoning. How? Why, from eating deer that’s been shot and left for dead, of course!
Holy fucking cannoli. This story seems especially fucked up to me, and not just because of the bald eagle symbolism (you know, USA!!! and all). See, the hunters use lead bullets. Swell, right? What happens is, if they go hunting with lead bullets but only manage to wound a deer (no one’s perfect!), the deer can escape and head back into the woods to die a painful death. Awesome! Then the bald eagles eat the dead deer. When they’re shot, the lead bullets shatter or whatever into tiny pieces inside the deer’s body. Apparently, bald eagles are not super-careful about what they eat so they will totally consume pieces of bullet without noticing. S.O.A.R., a bird-protection group in the area said that 27 of the 40 bald eagles treated in rescue centers last year had lead poisoning. And those are just the ones that got treated. There are probs plenty that get no help and go uncounted.
The solution: use copper bullets! Yay! Sounds like a great plan, bros. Heaven forbid people stop hunting. That’s crazy talk!