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Lead contamination of golden eagles Aquila chrysaetos within the range of the California condor Gymnogyps californianus

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Abstract

Blood samples were taken from 66 golden eagles from June 1985 to January 1986 and analyzed for their lead content. Thirty-nine percent had blood lead levels greater than 0.2 ppm, indicating exposure to environmental lead. Within the exposed group, 3 had blood levels exceeding 0.6 ppm and one exceeded 1.0 ppm. These data suggest that lead, probably in the form of shot, bullets, or bullet fragments, poses a hazard to scavenging birds within the range of the California condor.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
Lead contamination of golden eagles Aquila chrysaetos within the range of the California condor Gymnogyps californianus
Year Published:
1989
Language:
English
Publisher:
World Working Group on Birds of Prey and Owls
Publisher location:
Berlin
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
611
Larger Work Type:
Book
Larger Work Subtype:
Other Government Series
Larger Work Title:
Raptors in the Modern World: Proceedings of the III World Conference on Birds of Prey and Owls
First page:
481
Last page:
482
Number of Pages:
611