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Tungsten-Iron Shot Approval (fwd)



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Date: Mon, 03 Feb 97 11:53:08 MST
From: RICH_GREENWOOD@mail.fws.gov


   SERVICE PROPOSES TEMPORARY APPROVAL FOR TUNGSTEN-IRON SHOT

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to grant
temporary approval for the use of tungsten-iron shot during the
next waterfowl hunting season based on preliminary tests that
show no harm to birds that ingest the pellets.  If the Service
goes forward with the proposal, waterfowlers would have a choice
of three types of shot--steel, bismuth-tin, and tungsten-iron--
for the 1997-98 season.

"Our intention is to give hunters as much choice as possible
while protecting birds from poisoning," Acting Service Director
John Rogers said.  "So far, we have seen nothing in the test
results that suggests that tungsten-iron is harmful when ingested
by birds."

In 1991, lead shot was phased out for use in waterfowl hunting
because it was found to be toxic to ducks and geese that ingest
it while feeding.  At that time, steel shot became the only legal
load for waterfowl hunting.  The Service recently approved
bismuth-tin shot after extensive testing.    

The Federal Cartridge Company filed an application with the
Service last fall seeking approval of tungsten-iron shot.  The
company submitted the results of a 30-day test to assess toxicity
on game-farm mallards.  Based on those test results, the Service
decided to propose temporary approval of tungsten-iron shot while
the company conducts further testing.  A decision whether to
grant the temporary approval will be issued this spring after a
60-day public comment period ends April 1, 1997.

Comments may be sent to:  Chief, Office of Migratory Bird
Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1849 C Street, NW.,
Mail Stop 634 ARLSQ, Washington, DC 20240.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal
agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish
and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the
American people.  The Service manages 511 national wildlife
refuges covering 92 million acres, as well as 72 national fish
hatcheries.  The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, manages
migratory bird populations, stocks recreational fisheries,
conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands,
administers the Endangered Species Act, and helps foreign
governments with their conservation efforts.  It also oversees
the Federal Aid program that funnels Federal excise taxes on
fishing and hunting equipment to state wildlife agencies.


January 29, 1997                       Hugh Vickery  202-208-5634



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