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Va. Center Asks Hunters to Help Prevent wildlife poisoning

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP)- The Wildlife Center of Virginia is asking hunters for help in preventing wildlife lead poisoning.

Director of outreach Amanda Nicholson says that the Waynesboro center has received eight wildlife patients suffering from lead poisoning this year. All were raptors. Only one, a red-tailed hawk, survived.

Nicholson says the birds either ate pellets from shotgun shells left in the woods or ate another animal that had eaten pellets or had been shot by a hunter.

She says lead poisoning of hawks, eagles and other raptors is preventable.

The center is asking hunters to use non-lead ammunition and bury any animal remains in the field that could contain lead fragments.

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