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Photo: Chris Parish/The Peregrine Fund
The digestive system of a California condor found dead by a hiker in the Grand Canyon contains 18 lead shotgun pellets, as shown in this x-ray. The condor consumed the pellets while scavenging an animal carcass that had been shot with lead ammunition.

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Lead poisoning the cause of three recent condor deaths
Shotgun pellets and bullets in dead condors' digestive system suggest birds ate animal carcasses that had been shot

Recent episodes of lethal lead poisoning in California condors have biologists asking for more help from the public to conserve endangered condors in northern Arizona and southern Utah.

By Williams-Grand Canyon News June 14, 2011