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1 July 1985 HEAVY METALS IN WHITE-TAILED DEER LIVING NEAR A ZINC SMELTER IN PENNSYLVANIA
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White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus (Zimmermann)) shot within 20 km of the zinc smelters in the Palmerton, Pennsylvania area contained extremely high renal concentrations of cadmium (372 ppm dry weight (dw)) and zinc (600 ppm dw). The deer with the highest renal zinc concentration was shot 4 km from the smelters and had joint lesions similar to those seen in zinc-poisoned horses from the same area. The highest concentrations of lead in both hard and soft tissues were relatively low, 10.9 ppm dw in a sample of teeth, 17.4 ppm dw in a metacarpus, and 4.9 ppm dw in a kidney.

Sileo and Beyer: HEAVY METALS IN WHITE-TAILED DEER LIVING NEAR A ZINC SMELTER IN PENNSYLVANIA
L. Sileo and W. N. Beyer "HEAVY METALS IN WHITE-TAILED DEER LIVING NEAR A ZINC SMELTER IN PENNSYLVANIA," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 21(3), (1 July 1985). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-21.3.289
Received: 30 May 1984; Published: 1 July 1985
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