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  1. Potholes

    Potholes Refuge Member

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    https://komonews.com/news/local/more-than-50-trumpeter-swans-found-dead-near-monroe

    “Zimmerman said tissue samples will be sent to a lab in Canada for analysis and results likely won't be available until mid to late Summer.”

    Not that we’ll ever hear the results.

    It also mentioned dead swans were found “in Carnation”. There is an area closer to Fall City that has been used for dog training. The fields are not wet in the summer, but like much of the area, has sheet water in the winter. I’ve been told whether people are dog training or just recreational shooting, they use lead shot. I’m not saying it’s true, but so much of the valley holds birds in the winter, it’s just common sense that steel shot should be used for any kind of shooting.
     
  2. Ducksergeantorg

    Ducksergeantorg Senior Refuge Member

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    Wow, lots of thoughts on this subject, anyway too many Swans dead, love to see them when Im out hunting.
     
  3. H20OTTER

    H20OTTER Elite Refuge Member

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    Don't suppose that those swans were out eating from areas not normal to them because they flooded some of their normal feeding areas to make salmon habitat.
     
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    billwnr Elite Refuge Member

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    I like this one.
     
  5. HaydenHunter

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  6. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    30 years equals a lot of silt and sediment. At what point are they going to give up on blaming lead shot? 1 foot of silt and sediment, 2 feet? I find it strange that there aren't large swan die offs in the area I live and hunt. Out of hundreds of swans here maybe 2 or 3 are found dead each year. I still think the cause is more likely industrial pollution.
     
  7. sully

    sully Elite Refuge Member

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    How come the first thing blamed is lead shot but we never get the follow up story after results are in?
     
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  8. EWUEagles

    EWUEagles Senior Refuge Member

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    Never because it doesn't go with the agenda these news paper like to preach. Look hunting it bad it's killing animals way after the gun is fired even though it isn't true at all.
     
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  9. sully

    sully Elite Refuge Member

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    Looks like I spoke too soon, WAA newsletter confirmed lead poisoning from old shot.

    April Meeting:
    The April 24th meeting of the Seattle Chapter will
    feature a presentation from Martha Jordan, Executive
    Director of the Northwest Swan Conservation Association,
    and affectionately known by locals as “The Swan Lady!”
    Martha has been advocating for swans for more than 40
    years.
    Previously the problem of lead poisoning of swans in
    the Northwest was mostly contained to an area known as
    Judson Lake, a trans boundary body of shallow water that is
    three quarters in the U.S. [Whatcom Co., WA] and one quar-
    ter in Canada. Unfortunately more recently the problem has
    moved south with more than 50 swans found dead in 2015 in
    the Carnation-Fall City area of King County. Since March
    17th of this year, another 60 trumpeter swans have been
    found dead or dying at Crescent Lake in the Snoqualmie
    Waterfowl Area, in Snohomish County, WA. Necropsies
    have confirmed the deaths are the result of lead poisoning.
    Lead shot has been banned in WA since the early
    1990’s, but as the natural infilling process in these popular
    waterfowling areas makes them progressively shallower over
    the years, the swans with their long necks, can now reach
    these muddy bottoms while feeding. There they pick up lead
    shot left from decades of waterfowling in these areas before
    the lead ban. It takes as few as two (2) lead pellets to kill a
    Trumpeter swan, the largest waterfowl in North America!
     
  10. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    I'm still calling BS. That was more of a form letter. Think about it, the infilling that is making the wetland shallower would put more material on top of the spent shot making it even harder and less likely to be reached.
     
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