Lancaster Area Animal Rehabilitation Center treats alarming number of lead poisoned animals

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  • Merideth Bucher

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Broadcast date: Monday, September 13, 2021

Every day, Raven Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center offers aid to raptors, such as eagles and vultures, mammals and waterfowl that have been injured or injured.

The Lancaster County Center rehabilitates nearly 2,000 animals each year and also houses several non-releasable animals.

Tracie Young, founder and director of the center, says the center is also treating an alarming number of cases of lead exposure in animals. Lead poisoning is the result of animals ingesting lead from ammunition and fishing sinkers left in the environment by hunters and anglers. Testing and treating animals is expensive and not always successful.

Tracie Young appears on Smart talk Monday to talk about the magnitude of the problem.

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Benjamin M. Yerger