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1 April 1987 Mercury in Polar Bears from Alaska
Jack W. Lentfer, William A. Galster
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Abstract

Alaskan polar bear (Ursus maritimus) muscle and liver samples collected in 1972 were analyzed for total mercury. Bears north of Alaska had more mercury than bears west of Alaska. The only difference between young and adult animals was in the northern area where adults had more mercury in liver tissue than young animals. Levels were probably not high enough to be a serious threat to bears.

Lentfer and Galster: Mercury in Polar Bears from Alaska
Jack W. Lentfer and William A. Galster "Mercury in Polar Bears from Alaska," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 23(2), 338-341, (1 April 1987). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-23.2.338
Received: 9 October 1985; Published: 1 April 1987
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Alaska
Arctic
Contaminant
mercury
polar bear
Ursus maritimus
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