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1 April 1997 DDE Poisoning in an Adult Bald Eagle
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A 12-year-old female bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) was found in May 1993 on Santa Catalina Island, California (USA), in a debilitated condition, exhibiting ataxia and tremors; it died within hours. On necropsy, the bird was emaciated but had no evidence of disease or physical injury. Chemical analyses were negative for organophosphorus pesticides and lead poisoning. High concentrations of DDE (wet weight basis) were found in the brain (212 ppm), liver (838 ppm), and serum (53 ppm). Mobilization of DDE, from depleted fat deposits, probably resulted in the lethal concentration in the eagle's brain.

Garcelon and Thomas: DDE Poisoning in an Adult Bald Eagle
David K. Garcelon and Nancy J. Thomas "DDE Poisoning in an Adult Bald Eagle," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 33(2), 299-303, (1 April 1997). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-33.2.299
Received: 5 October 1995; Published: 1 April 1997
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