Duluth News Tribune 11/27/13
Unbeknownst to many hunters this deer season, a dangerous element is taking down big bucks. Lead bullets are the ammunition of choice for many hunters. But not only is lead harmful to humans (and deer); it also is killing one of the great symbols of our nation, the bald eagle.
The dangers of lead in our daily lives have been scientifically proven, leading to its ban in many products, such as paint. Lead paint was banned in the U.S. in 1978 after much evidence was discovered concerning its toxic nature, in particular its effect on children. In addition to paint, lead-based gasoline, once widely used, was outlawed for automobiles.
The handling of lead bullets is not dangerous; the danger is in the possibility of accidentally ingesting lead. When a lead bullet hits a deer it fragments into extremely small pieces. While cutting around the area of impact when field-dressing a deer can help eliminate much of the lead fragments, it is hard to be certain all of the lead has been removed. >>Read more