Lead is the culprit
Lead poisoning is no longer a debate. Lead in the environment is dangerous enough to kill Loons who pick it up off of river and lake bottoms, mistaking it for rich food pebbles. In fact, it was lead in the water system, some scientists believe, that was responsible for the fall of the Roman Empire.
Today anglers have a choice in protecting all species and “Get The Lead Out” campaigns strongly recommend replacing lead sinker weights and hooks – which often break off and stay in lakes and streams – with other choices – like copper.
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