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Eagle Rebound

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A bald eagle used to be a rare sight in Oregon, but the species has rebounded to the point where it’s no longer listed as threatened. The eagle came off the federal Endangered Species list in 2007 but remained on Oregon’s threatened species list until this month. According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, “Biologists estimated a minimum population of 570 nesting pairs of bald eagles in Oregon in 2010, compared to just 65 pairs in 1978.”

Eagles will continue to be protected as non-game wildlife, meaning they can’t be hunted. The law also prohibits disturbing their nests or “worrying” the birds.

Have you seen eagles in Oregon? Have you ever seen them nesting? What does it mean to you that the species has been removed from the state’s theatened species list?

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