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The objective of this study is to investigate the effects that lead left at shooting ranges have on local rodent populations. Shooting ranges have been shown by previous research to have a great influence on the level of lead present in nearby soils and plants. This lead contamination has also been shown to have serious consequences for fauna residing near these ranges, ranging from lead toxicity to death. Many shooting ranges exist in Southern Nevada, and we have sampled a small number of these ranges to explore the possible effects they have on nearby rodent populations. The livers of Dipodomys merriami were sampled. We intend to sample additional species and consider life histories in relation to levels of lead toxicity.
Lead; Soll; Rodent; Shooting Ranges; Contamination
Cheun, Bijoux; Martinez, Maria; and Neiswenter, Sean A. Ph.D., "Lead Levels in Rodents Residing on Shooting Ranges" (2021). Undergraduate Research Symposium Posters. 72.
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