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Study looks at decades of bald eagle deaths in Michigan

The leading causes of death for bald eagles in Michigan are being hit by cars and lead poisoning.
Credit: Courtesy of Becky Vargo / Grand Haven Tribune
Another dead eagle has been found, this time in Muskegon County. This is a file photo of an eagle near Spring Lake.

DETROIT — A comprehensive study of bald eagles in Michigan shows the leading causes of death are being hit by cars and lead poisoning.

The study was conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan State University and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. 

It reviews the cause of death for almost 1,500 eagles from 1986 to 2017. 

The Detroit Free Press reports the leading cause was vehicular trauma. 

After that was lead poisoning, which is related to eagles ingesting ammunition fragments from animals shot by hunters or sinkers from fishermen.   

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