Two Duck Species Are Too Toxic to Eat

Two Duck Species Are Too Toxic to Eat

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- There's a potential danger for hunters this duck season as it gets underway tomorrow.

The Division of Wildlife Resources say unsafe mercury levels have been found in two species of ducks.

D-W-R officials say samples of the northern shovelers or common goldeneyes have shown mercury levels about six to eleven times the acceptable levels.

Officials say the ducks are too toxic to eat and have issued a health advisory. Toxicologist Wayne Ball says the health advisory appears to be the first of its kind in the nation.

Officials say if you shoot either species go ahead and retreive them, but again, don't eat them.

D-W-R officials will continue sampling ducks through the winter.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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