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Lead And Mercury In Lesser Snow Geese Wintering In Louisiana

Author: Larry D. West and John D. Newsom
Citation: Proc. Ann. Conf. S.E. Assoc. Fish & Wildlife Agencies 31:180-187
Section: Wildlife Sessions
Page Numbers: 180-187
Year: 1977
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Wintering Lesser Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) were analyzed for lead and mercury residues and lead shot ingestion. Lead shot ingestion paralleled assimilation of lead residues. Snow geese collected in rice-growing areas had significantly (P < 0.01) more lead residues than marsh area geese. This was attributed to different soil finnness, feeding habits, and hunting practices in the 2 areas. Recent deposits of lead apparently played a major role in lead shot ingestion because lead residues and shot ingestion were greatest during the hunting season. Mercury residues significantly (P < 0.05) declined over the wintering season.

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