letter to editor re: duck hunting 1.24.99 SF Chronicle

Regarding letters to the editor on hunting (Jan. 17): While it may be true that duck license fees contribute to the cost of protecting wetlands, it does not automatically convey ownership of the resource. With friends like these, ducks don't need enemies.

While working for California Fish and Game at Los Banos in the '70s, I often came upon piles of dead waterfowl stomped into the mud by hunters who shot at anything and picked out the best for their bag limit.

The lead pollution from decades of shooting in the wild makes it hard to defend this blood sport.

Hank Chapot Oakland

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