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Update: Avian Haven reports ninth eagle with lead poisoning

An adult female eagle's blood lead level was 'off the scale' of Avian Haven's screening instrument.

Julie Sherburne (NEWS CENTER Maine), Gabrielle Mannino (NEWS CENTER Maine)

Photo: Avian Haven via Facebook

Avian Haven, a bird rehabilitation center in Freedom, reported the ninth bald eagle found with lead poisoning in 2020. 

According to a Facebook post, the eagle was captured in Islesboro on Sunday after it seemed to be tangled up in tree branches and fell from a tree. The adult female eagle died before making it from the ferry to the mainland to the rehab center. 

An Avian Haven volunteer drew the eagle's blood so it could be tested. Avian Haven says the eagle's blood level was "off the scale" of their screening instrument. 

In an X-ray, lead ammunition fragments can be seen in her G.I. tract.