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Lead Poisoning in Common Loons (Gavia immer)

L. N. Locke, S. M. Kerr and D. Zoromski
Avian Diseases
Vol. 26, No. 2 (Apr. - Jun., 1982), pp. 392-396
DOI: 10.2307/1590110
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1590110
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Lead Poisoning in Common Loons (Gavia immer)
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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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