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Case report: lead poisoning in common loons (Gavia immer)

Avian Diseases

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Abstract

Two emaciated common loons (Gavia immer) were believed to have died of lead poisoning when fragments of fishing lines and lead sinkers were discovered in their stomachs. Later a third emaciated loon, which had only the remnants of fishing line in its stomach, was suspected of being a possible lead-poisoning victim when all other test results were negative. The liver lead levels in the first two loons were 20.6 ppm and 46.1 ppm (wet weight), and the level in the third was 38.52 ppm (wet weight). Thirteen common loons dying of other causes had liver lead levels of less than 1 ppm (wet weight).

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Case report: lead poisoning in common loons (Gavia immer)
Series title:
Avian Diseases
Volume
26
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1982
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
p. 392-396
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Avian Diseases
First page:
392
Last page:
396
Country:
USA
State:
Maine, New Hampshire, Wisconsin
Other Geospatial:
Squam Lake, Winnebago County, & Indian Lake respectively
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