Wildlife officials test Fairfield area turkeys for PFAS ahead of hunting season

Maine wildlife officials began testing Fairfield-area turkeys for so-called forever chemicals before the state’s scheduled start of the turkey hunting season.

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife began testing turkeys in February as part of an expansion of the state’s investigation into PFAS contamination in the Fairfield area, according to the spokesperson for the ministry, Mark Latti.

The birds are tested for 28 different varieties of chemicals forever – known technically as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. This is the second land animal to be tested in the Fairfield area after the state began testing deer for PFAS last October and detected forever high levels of the chemicals, leading the to warn hunters not to eat the meat of deer killed there.

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