Academic Venture Fund - 2019

Get the Lead Out: Alternative Ammunition Can Solve a One Health Conundrum

Conventional and non-lead bullets side by side

Lead is a well-known toxin. Despite successful efforts to remove it from gasoline, paint, household products and drinking water, lead persists in hunting ammunition and continues to harm the humans, bald eagles and other omnivores who ingest it when consuming game meat, typically venison. Evidence suggests there is little awareness among hunters or other consumers that venison may be contaminated by lead particles. Researchers will test messages with hunters and nonhunters via short videos that highlight the risks of lead ammunition to wildlife and human health, and describe non-lead alternatives.

Investigators: Krysten Schuler, Elizabeth Bunting, Katherine McComas, Brenda Hanley