Woods and Waters An outdoor blog by John McCoy

At the center of another legal battle

I’ll say this about environmental activists: If they put as much effort into conservation as they do into litigation, they’d be a heck of a lot more effective at making the Earth a better place.

Some environmentalists in Arizona want to ban the use of lead bullets because bullet fragments ostensibly poison condors. The groups’ leaders think they can bring about the ban by suing the U.S. Forest Service.

News flash: Congress passed a law more than 20 years ago that prohibits federal agencies from writing regulations to ban lead ammo. You’d think the enviros would know that.

From the Associated Press:

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Environmental groups in Arizona are proposing a lawsuit against federal officials, saying they need to ban lead bullets that are killing California condors.
The Arizona Daily Sun reports three organizations are considering suing the U.S. Forest Service for not doing enough to protect condors from hunters’ lead ammunition.
Jay Lininger, of the Center for Biological Diversity, says condors living on federal land cannot survive if there is a risk they will ingest lead.
Wildlife officials say about 22 California condors have died from lead poisoning in the last two decades.
Environmental advocates say the Forest Service is violating the Endangered Species Act.
A spokeswoman for Arizona Game and Fish, which tracks condor survival, says voluntary measures such as handing out free non-lead ammunition are helping.