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DDT poisoning in a Cooper's hawk collected in 1980

Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

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Abstract

In April 1980, a Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii) was found on the ground in Lakewood, Colorado, unable to fly and in convulsion. The bird died shortly thereafter. The hawk was packed in dry ice and shipped air express to the Fish and Wildlife Service, U. S. Department of the Interior, National Wildlife Health Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin, for necropsy. Following necropsy, the brain, gastrointestinal tract, and remaining carcass except skin, feet, wings, liver, and kidney were packed in dry ice and shipped air express to the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, Maryland, for chemical residue analysis. Because the bird's behavior before death suggested some form of poisoning, the kidney was assayed for thallium, the liver for lead, and the gastrointestinal tract for strychnine, sodium fluoroacetate, and arsenic. When these assays proved negative, the bird was analyzed for organochlorine pesticides. Necropsy findings and pesticide residue analyses are reported here.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
DDT poisoning in a Cooper's hawk collected in 1980
Series title:
Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Volume
28
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1982
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
p. 319-321
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
First page:
319
Last page:
321