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Lead poisoning still taking a toll on Adirondack loons

In 2023, five out of 12 dead loons that were collected and submitted to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Wildlife Health Program for necropsy died due to lead poisoning. (Stock photo by Patrick Durkin)

Although legislation was passed in 2004 that banned the sale of small lead fishing tackle in New York, the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation has continued to document Adirondack loons dying from lead poisoning after ingesting lead jig-heads and sinkers that are still legal to use.
In 2023, five out of 12 dead loons that were collected and submitted to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Wildlife Health Program for necropsy died due to lead poisoning.

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