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Arizona's Free No-Lead Ammo Program To Protect California Condors Expanded

Arizona game hunters will have an easier time obtaining non-lead ammunition for use in an area where California condors live. The state has expanded its distribution.

Lead-free ammunition in in several calibers is now available at all regional Arizona Game and Fish offices. The distribution of free non-lead ammo helps the conservation of the endangered condor in norther Arizona. Lead ammunition leaves fragments in game carcasses and poisons the birds after they consume it.

“The hunters, drawn for hunts up in that area, come from all over the state. So instead of making hunters who might be in rural area, and far away from a Cabela’s store of Sportsman’s Warehouse it allows them to get it from their regional office which is most likely closer to their homes," said Lynda Lambert of Game and Fish.

Non-lead ammunition will continue to be distributed through other outlets to hunters for use in the Kaibab plateau.

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Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez was a reporter at KJZZ from 2008 to 2015.