In addition to other issues with Jamie Broder’s squirrel shooting, there is the matter of health risks he has created for his “crow allies.” Carcasses containing spent lead ammunition are a hazard to scavengers, which acquire lead poisoning from consuming ammunition fragments along with the flesh of the dead animal. If Mr. Broder is using lead air-gun pellets, we invite him to become better informed about these risks by reading the proceedings of a recent conference on this topic: http://bit.ly/8x6NRm.
Each year, we admit bald eagles dying from lead poisoning acquired in this manner; it is not pretty to watch.
Diane Winn and Marc Payne
Avian Haven Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center