DNR rejects petition for lead ammo, tackle ban

About 90 percent of bald eagles received by Minnesota's Raptor Center have elevated levels of lead in their blood. It's time to get the lead out of our ammunition and tackle. (Photo: Bald Eagle by Gillfoto, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0)

As reported by Minnesota Public Radio, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently decided not to ban lead tackle or bullets. 

FMR was one of the groups that petitioned the agency for the ban, as lead ammo and tackle harm both wildlife and human health

We were disappointed, but we're also hopeful that the issue will emerge in the 2020 Legislative session. 

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FMR's Water Program is working with partners across the state to address many water pollution and public health issues — including efforts to get the lead out of fishing tackle and ammunition. 

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