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Postby stomperrob » Sat Jan 27, 2007 2:52 pm

New Jersy residents are being warned to limit their squirrel intake to no more than twice a week because of possible lead contamination!!!

Jan. 26, 2007, 7:57AM
N.J. warns residents that squirrel meat may have been contaminated by toxic dump

Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey has warned squirrel hunters near a toxic waste dump about consuming the critters because they could be contaminated with lead.

It is the first time the state has cautioned Ringwood residents — many who are members of the Ramapough Mountain Indian tribe who hunt and fish in the area — about their squirrel intake, said Tom Slater, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Senior Services.

A lead-contaminated squirrel was found in the area two months ago, prompting the agency, along with the state Department of Environmental Protection, to send out letters advising that adults eat squirrel no more than twice a week and even less for children and pregnant women.

Lead, which is harmful in small amounts, can damage the nervous system, red blood cell production and the kidneys.

"We've known for a long time something was wrong here, we just didn't know what it was," resident Myrtle Van Dunk said.

Residents and many environmental activists believe the lead comes from toxic waste, including paint sludge, dumped in the area by the Ford Motor Co. during the 1960s and early 1970s, from its now-closed car manufacturing plant in Mahwah.

Ford is removing thousands of tons of waste from a 500-acre former mining property in the Ringwood area. The site was recently relisted on the federal Superfund list, a ranking of the country's worst environmental dump sites, after multiple cleanups failed to remove all the sludge.

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Postby joelamosobadiah » Sat Jan 27, 2007 3:14 pm

WOW, what are they doing hunting animals near a toxic waste dump in the first place?!?!?!?!?! 8-o :-?
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Postby Kilroy » Sun Jan 28, 2007 2:20 pm

joelamosobadiah wrote:WOW, what are they doing hunting animals near a toxic waste dump in the first place?!?!?!?!?! 8-o :-?


Maybe the glow-in-the-dark squirrels are easy to hunt at night.

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Postby joelamosobadiah » Sun Jan 28, 2007 2:26 pm

Kilroy1872 wrote:
joelamosobadiah wrote:WOW, what are they doing hunting animals near a toxic waste dump in the first place?!?!?!?!?! 8-o :-?


Maybe the glow-in-the-dark squirrels are easy to hunt at night.

:-B


haha, that's awesome. :-b ;-D
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Postby Flux » Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:13 am

What does squirrel taste like? Ive always been curious ;-7
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Postby dream_017 » Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:16 am

Flux wrote:What does squirrel taste like? Ive always been curious ;-7


Chicken :-? 8-o :-b :-P
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Postby joelamosobadiah » Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:18 am

Flux wrote:What does squirrel taste like? Ive always been curious ;-7


haha, never had squirrel, but I have had rabbit. Probably tastes similar. :-?
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:18 am

Flux wrote:What does squirrel taste like? Ive always been curious ;-7


Similar to rat, but more gamey.
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Postby Flux » Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:21 am

Omaha Red Sox wrote:
Flux wrote:What does squirrel taste like? Ive always been curious ;-7


Similar to rat, but more gamey.


That doesnt help! :-b
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:24 am

Flux wrote:
Omaha Red Sox wrote:
Flux wrote:What does squirrel taste like? Ive always been curious ;-7


Similar to rat, but more gamey.


That doesnt help! :-b


Yeah, I was kidding. I've never had squirrel, actually. I've had rabbit, but that was years ago. If it tastes anything like rabbit, it's pretty delicious.
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