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Group raises worry over loon population

July 1, 2011

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A New Hampshire group working to preserve the state’s threatened loon population says a dozen of the birds died last year after ingesting lead from fishing tackle. The Loon Preservation Committee said seven loons died after swallowing lead sinkers and jigs that are currently banned under state law, but five other deaths were linked to longer lead jigs that remain legal under state law. The nonprofit group’s executive director, Harry Vogel, told the Concord Monitor that the current law does not go far enough to protect loons, which have been declared a threatened species in the state. Vogel says there were about twice as many loon deaths in 2010 as in previous years. (AP)