Lead cuts short flight of some Minnesota bald eagles

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 26, 2008 - 7:03 AM

Collateral damage from deer firearms season, bald eagles are becoming ill after digesting lead fragments from animal carcasses.

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glenbcNov. 25, 08 8:17 PM

that's really horrible, inevitable as long as there are hunters using lead bullets i suppose. odd to see minnesotans so opposed to michael vick while tolerating other forms of animal cruelty. in fact the societal attitudes are so ridiculous as to be laughable. today a man was sentenced and fined 500k for moving some deer to texas, though it would be considered acceptable to 'harvest', an absurd farmer's term for kill, the same deer. a foolish consistency is the hobgoblins of little minds, huh?

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kenogamanNov. 25, 08 8:35 PM

Well hunting can be a positive thing or a negative thing depending on the manner in which people act it out. In my experience and all the people I associate with, it is a largely positive thing for a number of reasons. glenbc you are arrogant and near-sighted and probably a hypocrite unless you have been a strict vegan from birth. I am a hunter who thinks we need to revisit banning lead bullets. There are alternatives out there and we just need to move in that direction because this lead issue is not going away. A little more expensive but overall it will not be a huge problem to switch to copper.

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hayseedismNov. 25, 08 8:35 PM

The lead poisoning of bald eagles because of what hunters use, yeah, we knew about that, it's tragic and unacceptable and it should be stopped. But for crying out loud, the DNR shot 72 sheep just for an experiment? WHAT THE ****.

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kenogamanNov. 25, 08 8:42 PM

The study by the DNR was with sheep carcasses that had previously been slaughtered. The strib failed to mention that for some reason....

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jahlgren54Nov. 25, 08 8:47 PM

HOW MANY CROWS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT IN TO THE DNR WITH LEAD POSIONING? I CAN ASSURE YOU A LOT MORE CROWS EAT ON DEER ENTRAILS, CARCASSES OR WOURNDED ANIMALS THAT DIE LATER, OR ... DO THEY. SOUNDS TO ME LIKE ANOTHER LIBERAL FAR FETCHED ANTICDOTAL BS FROM THE FAR LEFT. DID YOU CHECK THESE EAGLES TO SEE IF THEY MAY HAVE EATEN A FIBERGLASS SLIVER FROM A BOW HUNTERS ARROW? CHECK THEIR THROAT. THEN SEND THE STORY THE RED STAR TO REPORT ON. THEN AL FRANKENSTEIN CAN TAKE BOTH THE GUNS AND BOW AND ARROWS.

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Andrea12345Nov. 25, 08 8:54 PM

Dhayen, God didn't create it, or the lead bullets. Work to change things so your desire to hunt is not killing other species.

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ronpaulbabyNov. 25, 08 8:55 PM

Way to go hunters....jerks

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razzy2000Nov. 25, 08 8:56 PM

I am not a hunter but I believe in the right's of hunters, I see nothing wrong with hunting. My sons go deer hunting. I have never heard of this before, the lead poisoning of eagles and or other wildlife. I hope something can be done, not going to compare a majestic eagle to sheep but the eagle is our national symbol and is protected. If there is a good substitute for lead, hopefully it can be used but also hopefully without anymore laws being made, we have way too many laws!

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brownmonteNov. 25, 08 9:00 PM

It's interesting that we've been funding research for this issue for years... We reach a conclusion its gotta be lead shot causing the problem; so we shepard through legislation to ban lead shot. But, nothing changes. So, we take another tact... maybe its the gut piles that get left from field dressed deer. Com'on... How many slugs do you think we use to shoot a deer? Do you think the slug actually breaks into fragments, gets left in the gut pile, and is eaten by the birds? Sounds fishy to me. Meanwhile, the eagle population is dramatically increasing - in spite of all our theories why they should be dying. Perhaps its time we start cutting off funding to all these researchers with all these great theories... most of which never pan out.

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howdoodieNov. 25, 08 9:03 PM

A lot of lead in raptors has come from the lead fisherman use.

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