US eagle population recovery is hampered by poachers' bullet poisoning

US eagle population recovery is hampered by poachers’ bullet poisoning

By Barbara Goldberg

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bald eagles are no longer on the brink of extinction in the United States, but deaths from lead poisoning from ingesting hunters’ bullets left in wild animal remains are hampering recovery. of its population, scientists say.

The population increase of the majestic bird recognized as the national symbol of the USA was suppressed by 6.3% for males and 4.2% for females, according to a study by researchers at the Department of Public and Ecosystem Health at Cornell University, published in the Journal of Wildlife Management this week.

“(lead) ingestion mortalities have reduced the long-term growth rate and resilience of bald eagles in the northeastern United States over the past three decades,” the study said.

Lead is found in organs left in the wild by hunters who cut up the dead animals, leaving the contaminated remains, which end up being scavenged by eagles.

Once threatened by the use of the insecticide DDT to help control disease during World War II, bald eagle (or bald eagle) populations recovered enough that the species was removed from the National Threatened List. extinction in 2021.

But less robust growth rates mean the eagle population may be more vulnerable to other challenges, such as natural disasters or the spread of disease, Cornell researchers said.

Political conflicts over lead bullets divided Americans and reached the White House. President Barack Obama’s Fish and Wildlife Service issued a ban on lead ammunition to protect wildlife in January 2017, the day before the inauguration of new President Donald Trump.

Less than two months later, on his first day as Trump’s Home Secretary, Ryan Zinke overturned the ban to the applause of the National Rifle Association (NRA).




know more

+ Andressa Urach asks for money on the internet: ‘Help me pay my card bill’

+ What is known about fluorone?
+ Trick to squeeze lemons becomes a craze on social media

+ IPVA 2022 SP: see how to consult and pay the tax
+ One twin became vegan, the other ate meat. Check the result
+ Reincarnation in history: an age-old belief
+ SP: Man dies standing, leaning against car, and scene scares residents on the coast

+ Horoscope: check today’s forecast for your sign

+ See which were the most stolen cars in SP in 2021
+ Expedition identifies giant squid responsible for ship sinking in 2011
+ Everything you need to know before buying a crockpot
+ US Agency warns: never wash raw chicken meat

Leave a Reply