Re "Back in the Wild, Condors Succumb to Old Nemesis: Lead," June 10: Banning the use of lead bullets on public lands can help save not only endangered condors but people and the environment. Spent bullets from recreational shooting are one of the major sources of lead pollution in the United States. A typical outdoor shooting range can become contaminated to Superfund levels after just a few years' use.
Despite the costly problems of cleaning up abandoned sites, protecting nearby water from lead contamination and treating lead-poisoned kids, many cities, counties, parks districts and other jurisdictions throughout California maintain shooting ranges, at least in part with public funds. In some cases, these facilities were even built with federal grants. Since there is no safe level of exposure to lead, government-subsidized shooting ranges make as much sense as including cigarettes in school lunch programs.