Study Links Lead In Blood To Wild Game Consumption
A study conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that people who ate wild game killed with lead bullets appeared to have higher lead levels than those who ate little or no wild game.
The study of 700 people in North Dakota found that elevated levels of lead found among study participants were not considered dangerous, but health officials said that pregnant women and children under age six should avoid eating any wild game meat that was killed using lead bullets.
A separate study by Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources previously found that fragments from lead bullets spread as far as 18 inches away from the wound. These findings are leading food pantries serving homeless and low-income people to throw out wild game meat donated by hunters.