Extensive wildlife testing of PFAS may lead to more ‘don’t eat’ warnings

Nearly eight months after the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife issued a “don’t eat” advice to deer harvested in Fairfield for the presence of the so-called chemicals in perpetuity, the department will be returning to the area.

In the coming weeks, DIF&W will be testing deer, wild turkeys, and other animals such as grouse, waterfowl, hares and squirrels in an area extended to more than 5 miles from zero for PFAS contamination in Maine to better assess the level of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS.

Additional wildlife testing – believed to be the most comprehensive ever in the country – may lead to warnings about other game consumption, or it may determine that animals living far from sludge spread sites are not contaminated with PFAS. This information will also help DIF&W determine the need for potential “don’t eat” warnings as it tests wildlife at up to 20 other sites through the end of the year.

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