Impact of lead shots on a mountain pass in central Apennines

Giorgio Marini, Paolo Forconi
  • Paolo Forconi
    Studio Faunistico Chiros, Sforzacosta (MC), Italy


An evaluation of the effect of lead left in the environment, during hunting activity, on migratory birds was done in 2004. We calculated 5.63-7.10 quintals of lead dispersed every year, corresponding to 16.5-20.9 kg of Pb/ha/year (total area of 34 ha). Considering a percentage of shot success between 20 and 40%, we calculate 3,520-8,880 migratory birds killed every year, among them several protected species.

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Published: 2012-09-30 00:00:00
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