By the 1960’s, the national symbol of the United States was in danger of extinction throughout much of its range. Bald eagles have slowly recovered – largely due to the banning of the pesticide DDT – but they continue to face serious threats such as the loss of their habitat to waterfront development, illegal shooting and poisoning. When bald eagles and other scavengers eat the remains of an animal shot with lead ammunition, lead can enter their bloodstream, causing potential long-term suffering and eventually, death.
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