MOULTONBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire authorities say a loon found dead at Lake Winnipesaukee has been linked to lead poisoning.
The loon was found on the beach at Loon Cove of Alton Bay.READ MORE: Mother Accused Of Putting Baby In Trash Can Charged With Attempted Murder
The University of New Hampshire Veterinary Laboratory found a lead jig in the bird and blood tests revealed toxic blood lead levels.
The state Fish and Game Department and the Loon Preservation Committee urge anglers to stop using lead tackle to protect loons, which are threatened in the state and protected federally.READ MORE: Thieves Target Toyota Prius Catalytic Converters In Cambridge
They emphasize alternatives made of steel, tungsten, tin, bismuth and other materials.
A new law that goes into effect in New Hampshire on June 1, 2016, will ban the sale and freshwater use of lead fishing sinkers and hooks weighing one ounce or less.MORE NEWS: Mitt Romney Taken To Hospital For 'A Lot Of Stitches' After Fall In Boston
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