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Exposure to Selected Elements and Health of Raccoons from Lake Depue

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Title: Exposure to Selected Elements and Health of Raccoons from Lake Depue
Author(s): Levengood, Jeffrey M.; Amdor, Brett A.; Lichtensteiger, Carol A.
Subject(s): Raccoons -- Effect of pollution on -- Illinois Zinc -- Environmental aspects Lead -- Environmental aspects Cadmium -- Environmental aspects Wildlife management areas -- Illinois Wildlife management -- Illinois DePue, Lake (Ill.) -- Environmental conditions
Abstract: Previous studies have documented elevated concentrations of cadmium, copper, lead, zinc and other elements in soils and sediments in and around Lake DePue, Illinois, due to past zinc smelting operations. Concentrations of cadmium, zinc, and other selected elements in the blood, kidney, liver, and pancreas were determined for 29 raccoons collected during 1999-2000, at Lake DePue, Illinois, and reference sites in Bureau (Donnelley Fish and Wildlife Area [FWA]) and Champaign (University of Illinois [UI] Farms) Counties. In addition to the collection of tissues for the determination of analyte concentrations, post-mortem examinations were conducted, portions of kidney, liver, and pancreas were preserved for histopathological examination, and blood was collected for clinical pathology. The objectives were to (1) compare concentrations of selected elements, with emphasis on cadmium and zinc, in tissues of raccoons collected at Lake DePue with those of raccoons from reference sites and previously reported values for raccoons from Illinois, (2) examine the health of raccoons from Lake DePue relative to specimens from reference sites, and (3) examine the potential risks to other species of special concern (i.e. mink and otter), based upon concentrations of contaminants in raccoon tissues and reported effects/tissue levels in these species.
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Illinois Waste Management and Research Center and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Series/Report: RR Series (Waste Management and Research Center) ; 093
Genre: Technical Report
Type: Text
Language: English
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-09-12

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