Lead poisoning eagles in eastern Oklahoma

Posted at 5:55 PM, Jan 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-24 18:55:46-05

CLAREMORE, Okla.- In the past seven years, the Wild Heart Ranch has rescued 12 Eagles in Eastern Oklahoma and exactly half have died due to lead poisoning in the wild.

America’s national bird is suffering from tools hunters and fishers use within the wild and many species are contaminating one another as a result.

Director of the Wild Heart Ranch, Annette King, says the poisoning of animals in Oklahoma needs to end.

“A lot of people don’t really realize that their choice to save a few pennies and purchasing lead rather than steel or brass or tungsten is actually putting our nation’s symbol at a risk for lead toxicity and death,” King said.

Organizations such as the Tulsa Zoo and Wild Life Ranch are attempting to band together in order to help change laws regarding hunting within the state.

King and other rescue volunteers say a change in tools hunters use in the wild will almost immediately help preserve protected animals like eagles.

“I think that if a lot of people understood how dangerous it was to them, I mean it’s dangerous to all of us but how seriously dangerous it was to bald eagles they would choose differently,” Kind said.   

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