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Thanks, Hunting Season: 21 Condors Treated For Lead Poisoning At L.A. Zoo

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A record 21 California condors have been treated for lead poisoning during this hunting season, the Associated Press reports. The endangered birds are checked twice a year for lead poisoning. The condors get the lead from the carcasses of animals shot by hunters.

Veterinarians said 18 birds were mildly ill, while three were critically sick when they arrived at the zoo. The condors were malnourished and had stopped eating, and had a disease that causes the stomach to stop moving food.

California has a new law that will ban lead ammunition, but it won’t be put into effect until 2019.