America’s national symbol under threat of poisoning — Action News Now

A new study has found that bald eagle populations in the United States have been hit hard by lead poisoning, which is eaten by ammunition left by hunters.


The study, from Cornell University’s Department of Public and Ecosystem Health, found that bald eagle population growth declined by 4-6 percent, based on data collected between 1990 and 2018.

Scientists examined bald eagle populations in seven northeastern states and found that some bald eagle populations were affected by hunters leaving contaminated organs after clothing the animals in the wild. This affects bald eagles and other animals that may later eat whatever is left on the carcass as they consume the lead fragments left in the meat.


“We have eagles as the poster species for this problem, but they’re not the only ones affected,” said Kristen Schuler, a research professor at Cornell University.

Bald eagle populations have quadrupled in the past decade, but researchers warn “Some disturbances” May cause the population to decline again.


The Cornell University study estimated that the growth rate of condor females and males was suppressed by 4.2% and 6.3%, respectively.

Buzzards have been in decline over the years, and the species was placed on the Endangered Species Act 1973 list of endangered species, but was later removed from the list in 2007. The animal remains a protected species in the United States. Killing a person can lead to felony charges, up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

In March 2021, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that there are more than 316,000 bald eagles in the United States.


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