Bald and golden eagles face many risks including collision with wind turbines, electrocution, vehicle collision, and lead poisoning. Minimizing the number of eagle deaths by any one source is essential to maintain populations.
Eagles ingest lead fragments made available in gut piles left by hunters in the field.
This video shows an example of bald and golden eagles scavenging on hunter harvested elk in Montana.
Hunters can help prevent eagle deaths from lead poisoning by voluntarily using non-lead ammunition to harvest animals.