The new lead reduction efforts also include changes in NPS activities, such as culling operations or the dispatching of wounded or sick animals. Rangers and resource managers will use non-lead ammunition to prevent environmental contamination as well as lead poisoning of scavenger species who may eventually feed upon the carcass. Non-toxic substitutes for lead made in the United States are now widely available including tungsten, copper, and steel.
Bzzt… sorry NPS… that makes your ammunition armor piercing, and makes it questionably legal, and requires a special license to manufacture.Â There are all copper alternatives, but they are expensive.Â My carry load happens to be lead free, but most people’s isn’t.
What I can’t tell, though, is whether this is an agency initiative, or whether it applies to visitors in parks, particularly people carrying with licenses.Â I haven’t seen the actual rule.