Lead kills 1st Yellowstone golden eagle fitted with tracker

Officials say the first golden eagle in Yellowstone National Park to be fitted with a tracking device has died of lead poisoning.

Golden eagles often scavenge during the fall and winter. Scientists suspect the adult female may have eaten carrion containing lead bullet fragments.

Some advocacy groups have called for hunters to use bullets made of copper to help prevent such deaths.

Eagle scientist Todd Katzner with the U.S. Geological Survey called the death "gut wrenching."

He says researchers were nonetheless able to gather valuable information about the eagle and its movements before it died.

Golden eagles are one of North America's largest birds, with a wingspan that can top 7 feet (2.1 meters).


Explore further

Newly sequenced golden eagle genome will help its conservation

© 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Citation: Lead kills 1st Yellowstone golden eagle fitted with tracker (2019, April 15) retrieved 19 October 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-1st-yellowstone-golden-eagle-tracker.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
6 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Apr 16, 2019
Well, as Conservative Libertarians say.

"The only good animal is a dead animal."

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more