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Lead poisoning deaths up in New Hampshire loons despite law

November 23, 2017
Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Despite having one of the toughest bans on lead fishing tackle, loons are still dying from ingesting weights and lures in New Hampshire.

The 2016 law prohibits the sale and use of lead tackle as part of an effort to revive the state's loon population. But a Loon Preservation Committee biologist says eight loons have died this year from lead poisoning, up from two last year.

The biologist says the rise in loon deaths shows the challenge of educating anglers about the law and stopping fishermen from using old lead tackle.

Legislation is one of the best ways to help the loons and Northeast states have led the way. New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York and Maine have passed or amended laws that limit or ban lead in fishing gear.



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