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News Release From the US Fish & Wildlife Service
        
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    Contacts:  Greg Masson 
912/265-9336, ext. 30
June 11, 2001 Tom Riley    404/679-7057 
Tom MacKenzie 404/679-7291
        
LAB RESULTS RELEASED FROM LAKE APOPKA WILDLIFE DEATH INVESTIGATION
        
     The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released detailed laboratory 
results from the 1999 Lake Apopka area bird deaths to members of the 
Technical Advisory Group which includes representatives of interested state, 
local and federal entities. 
        
The laboratory data show elevated levels of organochlorines (pesticides) in 
the birds tissues, including toxaphene, dieldrin and DDT.   Some necropsies, 
including one for an endangered wood stork, prepared by the National 
Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin, determined that levels of 
dieldrin alone were sufficiently high to cause death.
        
     The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is continuing to investigate the 
bird deaths. The detailed report may be viewed at: http://law.southeast.fws. 
govv
        
     The Service responded to this incident on Jan.12, 1999.  Since then,
Service Law Enforcement Agents and Contamination Specialists have conducted 
investigations into the cause of the deaths as authorized by the Migratory 
Bird Treaty Act and the Endangered Species Act.
        
        
        
Jeanne Murphy
Park Naturalist-Wildlife
Cooperative Extension Service
12175 125th St. N.
Largo, FL  33774
727-582-2461
e-mail:  [log in to unmask]
        
Good Birding,

Kelly Holland
Tampa, FL
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