Dr. Ernesto Domínguez of The Wildlife Center of Virginia examines a radiograph of lead bullet fragmentation (visible as little white specks) in a white-tailed deer rib cage, part of a study that Harrisonburg High School students are conducting in their Governor’s STEM Academy biotechnology class. The study is looking at how the lead is spread through organs and muscle tissue in deer killed during hunting season, both in terms of the safety of humans consuming the meat and for potential lead toxicity issues of birds and animals scavenging on the carcass.

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