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Waterfowl And Lead

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  Waterfowl must swallow hard particles so their gizzards can grind up hard foods, like grains. Unfortunately, they can't tell a lead pellet from a small pebble. Beginning in 1991, waterfowl hunters were required to switch from lead shotgun pellets to pellets made of non-toxic metals. The switch to non-toxic shot has made a positive difference for waterfowl, like this Trumpeter Swan. Where does your state stand? Check Related Resources to find out!

Learn more about The Trumpeter Swan Society and its work to protect this magnificent bird.