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Lead Poisoning in a Sample of Maryland Mourning Doves

Louis N. Locke and George E. Bagley
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 31, No. 3 (Jul., 1967), pp. 515-518
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3798133
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3798133
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Lead Poisoning in a Sample of Maryland Mourning Doves
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Abstract

A sick mourning dove (Zenaidura macroura) collected in Maryland with 2 lead shot in the gizzard showed acid-fast intranuclear inclusion bodies in the kidney tubular cells. The liver and the tibia contained 72 ppm and 187 ppm lead (wet weight) respectively. Four gizzards from 62 doves killed by hunters contained lead shot. The lead content of 43 dove livers ranged from 0.4-14.0 ppm (wet weight); 40 of these doves were collected by hunters, and the other 3 were dying of trichomoniasis.

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