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Heavy metals in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) living near a zinc smelter in Pennsylvania

Journal of Wildlife Diseases

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Abstract

White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus (Zimmermann) shot within 20 km of the zinc smelters in the Palmerton, Pennsylvania area contained extremely high renal concentrations of cadmium (372 ppm dry weight (dw)) and zinc (600 ppm dw). The deer with the highest renal zinc concentration was shot 4 km from the smelters and had joint lesions similar to those seen in zinc-poisoned horses from the same area. The highest concentrations of lead in both hard and soft tissues were relatively low, 10.9 ppm dw in a sample of teeth, 17.4 ppm dw in a metacarpus, and 4.9 ppm dw in a kidney.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Heavy metals in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) living near a zinc smelter in Pennsylvania
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Volume
21
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1985
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
p. 289-296
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
289
Last page:
296
Number of Pages:
8