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Lead poisoning of sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis)

Prairie Naturalist

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Abstract

Two wild and two captive sandhill cranes (Grm cnt~ndensisw) ere diagnosed by National Wildlife Health Laboratory personnel as having died from lead toxicity. Ingestion of lead fishing weights by the wild cranes and of unspent .22 caliber shell cartridges by the captive cranes were responsible for these deaths. One crane force-fed lead pellets showed an increase of blood lead levels from 0.77 ppm to 23.8 ppm (wet weight) just before its death 15 days following exposure. Liver lead concentrations of sandhill cranes dying of,causes other than lead toxicity are presented.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Lead poisoning of sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis)
Series title:
Prairie Naturalist
Volume
16
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1984
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
p. 21-24
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Prairie Naturalist
First page:
21
Last page:
24