Two Endangered California Condors Shot

Young California condor ready for flight, spring 2000. Photograph by Scott Frier, USFWS

Young California condor ready for flight, spring 2000. Photograph by Scott Frier, USFWS

On Sunday, biologists confirmed that a California condor, Gymnogyps californianus, was found shot with illegal lead buckshot.  Found in Monterey County, CA on March 26th, this juvenile female is the second of the critically endangered indigenous species to be found shot.  Earlier in March, a male was found with lead buckshot wounds in the same wilderness area.  Both condors are also suffering from lead poisoning and are being treated at the Los Angeles County Zoo.  Lead shot has been banned in condor’s California range due to its sensitivity to lead.  For more information, see here.

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