AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is warning waterfowl hunters in and around the Mendall Marsh Wildlife Management Area in Frankfort that high levels of toxic mercury have been found in the breast meat of black ducks taken from the area.

Waterfowl taken from the immediate vicinity of Mendall Marsh and from Orrington south to the southern tip of Verona Island may contain high levels of mercury.

The safe eating guidelines for waterfowl meat in the area are:

Children under the age of 8 and pregnant or nursing women should not eat any waterfowl meat taken from this area.

All others should not eat more than two waterfowl meals per month. One 8-ounce duck breast is considered one meal.

For more information on waterfowl hunting and mercury levels in the area, hunters are encouraged to call the MDIFW Bangor regional office at 941-4474.