In northeastern Alberta, near the oil industry, researchers report lower reproductive rates, modified sex organs and the presence of rat poison in many of the specimens tested.
Pekan, marten, muskrat, river otter, specimens accumulate in the laboratory of Philippe Thomas, wildlife biologist at Environment and Climate Change Canada. Fur animals are sentinels to assess the impact of pollutants.
In total, nearly 2000 animals were analyzed under the Canada-Alberta Joint Monitoring Program for the Environment in Oil Sands Areas, which began in 2012.
There are often impacts that are related to the reproduction of the animal. The effects on animal populations are felt.
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