Lead poisoning has long been the leading cause of death for adult loons in Maine. In order to protect loons from lead poisoning resulting from the ingestion of lead fishing tackle, beginning in September 2016 it is illegal in Maine to sell bare (unpainted) lead-headed jigs less than 2.5” long. In September 2017, the use of these jigs will also be banned.
This is wonderful news for Maine, and in particular for our state’s wildlife, as it provides permanent protection to many species that rely on the unique north woods habitat, the largest contiguous temperate forest in the eastern United States.
Thanks to the Quimby family for making this incredible gift to the American people, and to President Obama for making this historic designation that will protect this ecological and cultural treasure!
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