Eleanor Klibanoff: Lead Ammo and Fishing Tackle Poisons


On the day before President Trump’s inauguration, the outgoing Obama administration passed a last-minute directive, banning the use of lead ammunition and fishing sinkers on federal land.

Recently, the deteriorating health of a bald eagle showed the effects of lead poisoning. Obama’s regulation is intended to protect wildlife from exactly that. But hunters are hoping Trump will soon overturn it.

In Minnesota, it is estimated that 100 to 200 loons die of ingesting lead-based fishing tackle.