We analyzed 161 raccoon (Procyon lotor) blood samples obtained from New Jersey (n = 109), rural Pennsylvania (n = 29) and laboratory confined animals (n = 23) in the USA for lead content; we found significantly higher levels in the New Jersey raccoons (mean = 4.4 μg/dl, SE = 2.9). There was no difference between the lead levels of raccoons from the other two groups (mean = 2.6, SE = 0.5 and mean = 2.5, SE = 0, respectively).
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