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Experimental lead-shot poisoning in bald eagles

June 16, 2010

Captive, crippled bald eagles unsuitable for release were fed lead shot to determine diagnostic criteria for lead poisoning. The eagles were fluoroscoped and bled periodically to determine shot retention and blood delta--aminolevulinic acid dehydratase activity. Microscopic examination revealed renal tubular degeneration, arterial fibrinoid necrosis and myocardial necrosis. Acid-fast intra-nuclear inclusion bodies were not found in proximal convoluted tubule cells. Analyses of blood and toxicological data are not yet complete.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1981
Title Experimental lead-shot poisoning in bald eagles
Authors O. H. Pattee, Stanley N. Wiemeyer, B. M. Mulhern, L. Sileo, J. W. Carpenter
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Wildlife Management
Index ID 5221660
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center