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White-tailed eagles avoid large bullet fragments during consumption of carcasses




White-tailed eagles detect and avoid the ingestion of large metal particles (larger than 8 mm) but ignore smaller metal particles whilst feeding on shot mammalian carcasses. Lead-based bullets split into numerous small metal fragments when penetrating an animal’s body, whereas lead-free rifle bullets either deform without leaving any particles in the tissue or fragment into larger particles

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White-tailed eagles avoid large bullet fragments during consumption of carcasses

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