The bird that symbolizes our country is facing a particular
challenge here in the Midwest.
Experts from the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service say
lead poisoning in bald eagles is a serious problem
for the species.
The organization held an informational meeting today,
to talk about how common the issue is in our region
and what we can do to fight it.
In the 260-mile stretch of the Upper Mississippi Area,
experts have counted more than 3-thousand eagles.
Despite those numbers, they say the concern of lead
poisoning, is one the public should be aware of.
White bald eagles appear to be doing well from population
standpoint, there are some challenges that they face
from secondary lead poisoining
providing info to the public about that potential
problem I think is very important.
Experts are still researching how prevalent the problem
is here, though they say previous studies have shown
that lead poisoning has been detected in area bald
If an eagle is found to have been poisoned, the wildlife
service will turn them over to rehabilitators to help
nurse them back to health.