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Lead poisoning threatens many species of raptors, often due to bullet fragments that remain in the carcasses of animals killed by hunters. The likelihood of lead exposure may peak during fall hunting season and diminish through the winter as carcasses from hunting become scarce. In the featured article of the February issue of the Journal of Wildlife Management, the authors study golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) in western Montana to measure their blood lead levels throughout the winter.
Other articles look at brown bear density and estimated harvest rates in northwestern Alaska, hatch success and recruitment patterns of the bog turtle and using habitat features to predict carrying capacity for sea otters.
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