Chandra Rosenthal with the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, said banning lead ammo and fishing tackle is an easy step for the federal government to take to meet its conservation goals.
“This is not 1823, right? We’re going into 2023,” Rosenthal said. “It’s time to make sure that these parks have all fully transitioned to non-lead ammo.”
Hunting is currently allowed in 76 out of the more than 400 sites managed by the National Park Service. People can fish in more than 200. Some wildlife refuges in the Mountain West already ban lead-based ammunition due to environmental concerns.