- Associated Press - Monday, May 30, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A new law aimed at protecting loons and other water birds in New Hampshire is taking effect.

Starting Wednesday, lead sinkers and jigs that weigh less than an ounce can no longer be sold or used. The items have been linked to the deaths of water fowl, which get lead poisoning when they swallow the weights.

The new law does not apply to lead core line, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, spoons, poppers, plugs or flies.

Anglers can use steel, tungsten, tin or other materials.

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