Condor Lucia dies from lead poisoning

Condor Lucia dies from lead poisoning

There are 4 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Dec 9, 2009, titled Condor Lucia dies from lead poisoning. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

The female of San Benito County's only breeding pair of California condors died this week after a two-week battle with lead poisoning.

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wes

Carmel Valley, CA

#1 Dec 9, 2009
obvisously , nature has selected these bird's for extinction. any monie's spent on these worthless vulture's could be put to better use helping human's in need. if the 'grand standing' do gooder's don't want them to die of lead poisoning, why do they keep releasing them into the wild? i'll tell you why. if they put them in zoo's they would'nt have the hunter's to berate and point thier crooked finger's at. some fat cat in santa barbara started this no lead ammo campaign because he had nothing positive ot offer the voter's who elected him. the sooner thier all gone, the better and CHEAPER! your tax dollar's help to fund his bright idea and 75% of you would'nt recognize a condor if it built a nest on your roof!
Peace

Huntington Beach, CA

#2 Dec 9, 2009
wes wrote:
obvisously , nature has selected these bird's for extinction. any monie's spent on these worthless vulture's could be put to better use helping human's in need. if the 'grand standing' do gooder's don't want them to die of lead poisoning, why do they keep releasing them into the wild? i'll tell you why. if they put them in zoo's they would'nt have the hunter's to berate and point thier crooked finger's at. some fat cat in santa barbara started this no lead ammo campaign because he had nothing positive ot offer the voter's who elected him. the sooner thier all gone, the better and CHEAPER! your tax dollar's help to fund his bright idea and 75% of you would'nt recognize a condor if it built a nest on your roof!
What a sad human being you are.
ADWA

Eureka, CA

#4 Dec 9, 2009
wes wrote:
obvisously , nature has selected these bird's for extinction. any monie's spent on these worthless vulture's could be put to better use helping human's in need. if the 'grand standing' do gooder's don't want them to die of lead poisoning, why do they keep releasing them into the wild? i'll tell you why. if they put them in zoo's they would'nt have the hunter's to berate and point thier crooked finger's at. some fat cat in santa barbara started this no lead ammo campaign because he had nothing positive ot offer the voter's who elected him. the sooner thier all gone, the better and CHEAPER! your tax dollar's help to fund his bright idea and 75% of you would'nt recognize a condor if it built a nest on your roof!
Who are you to determine what people's intentions are?

Yes, some environmentalists can only point their fingers at modern day hunters. But this is not true of the Condor's decline. It was most likely due to the earth coming out of the last ice age, DDT poisoning, ranchers killing them thinking they were predatory on young cattle, trapping them for zoos and egg collecting, and habitat destruction with the removal of large herbivores, such as the Elk, one of their key historic foods.

The biggest reason environmentalists are blaming modern hunters is that many hunters, not all, get sloppy and either do not completley remove their kills and many have a very bad attitude about protecting endangered species. Although, hunters' money from tags, licenses and bullet tax goes to fund conservation and environmentalists should understand and respect that.
They do not realized that it is really the idiot poachers that get out in the woods and kill everything that moves are the problems and NOT traditional hunters.

I do believe though that the future for Condors is still dismal, especially with the poor genetic diversity, and money raised for them would be better off helping other organisms and ecosystems. But with what has been done, raising the population from 22 was an amazing feat, so why stop now?
ADWA

Eureka, CA

#5 Dec 9, 2009
I would also say that direct competition with Golden Eagles, which is known to attack Condors, has been another problem with Condor populations. Ironically, conservation groups have been doing captive breeding on them as well, and one of these Golden Eagles killed a Condor a couple years back.

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