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Oregon is 3rd State to Join Coalition Encouraging Hunters to Choose Non-Lead Ammo
Submitted by: Backcountry Press Outdoor News
Posted on: 07/10/18
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“We’re pleased to join the North American Non-Lead Partnership so we can increase our efforts to educate and encourage hunters to voluntarily switch to non-lead ammunition.” "We recognize the role that stakeholder engagement has in wildlife management and look forward to working cooperatively with the program partners.”
“The Arizona Game and Fish Department is committed to conserving and protecting Arizona’s diverse wildlife, which is why we are lending our support to the North American Non-Lead Partnership,” said Jim deVos, Arizona Department of Game and Fish Assistant Director for Wildlife Management. “Our department has placed non-lead ammunition into the hands of our hunters and worked to inform the public to consider switching to non-lead ammunition to better protect our wildlife and human health.”
Three state wildlife agencies — the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife — have recently joined The North American Non-Lead Partnership, and at least five sports groups have pledged their support.
One, the Arizona chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, even committed to an annual donation to support the efforts.
“ODFW supports a voluntary strategy to increase the use of non-lead ammunition among hunters in Oregon,” said Curt Melcher, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Director.
The North American Non-Lead Partnership works to engage hunters and other wildlife enthusiasts by:
- Designing and promoting voluntary measures to increase the use of non-lead ammunition
- Supporting the continued long-term viability of scientifically managed hunting and the associated conservation culture by providing programs that encourage sports-men and -women participation in conservation actions
- Supporting continued efforts to conduct scientific research into the relative risk associated with specific lead exposure pathways between use of lead ammunition and wildlife
- Using scientific evaluation to assess and improve programs
“Voluntary lead-reduction programs in Arizona and Utah have been very successful,” said Chris Parish, The Peregrine Fund’s director of conservation. “We want to see these voluntary efforts expanded across North America. We are confident that as this partnership expands, more hunters and organizations will join.”
The three founding organizations that launched the new partnership were inspired by the success of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, recognizing a long tradition of conservation among America’s outdoor sports enthusiasts.
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