Bearded Vultures dies of lead poisoning in the Alps

13. March 2012

Lead poisoning is a serious threat for raptors in many places around the world and affects many species like White-tailed Eagles (most common cause of death in Germany), Bearded Vultures, Golden Eagles, California Condors or Steller’s Sea Eagles.

A recent case is about a Bearded Vulture that died from lead poisoning. The bird was part of the conservation program for the species in the Alpes and called Nicola.

More information in German can be found here:
http://www.hohetauern.at/de/aktuellespresse/1695-bartgeier-qnicolaq-an-bleivergiftung-gestorben.html.

In order to avoid those deaths in the future, lead ammunition should be made illegal across Europe and around the world.