TWS sends letter to USFWS on nontoxic ammunition Order

©Patricia Pierce

The Wildlife Society sent a Nontoxic ammunition letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last Friday to express TWS’ support of the intent of Director’s Order 219 and request improved communication and collaboration to implement the Order. The Order outlines an effort to expand the use of nontoxic ammunition and fishing tackle on lands and species under the jurisdiction of the federal agency. In the letter, TWS discusses the importance of science-based policy decisions and recognition that lead has been known to be a broad-spectrum toxicant to humans and wildlife. The letter also acknowledges the need for collaboration on research and cooperative management to effectively address remaining questions surrounding the Order, like those pertaining to the potential effects on wildlife health and hunting and angling activities.

Read TWS’ Position Statement on Lead Ammunition and Fishing Tackle and Technical Review.