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May 31, 2016

Bald Eagle Abundance May Harm Other Species

If Ben Franklin had known in 1782 what the bald eagles would be up to in Maine in 2015, he might have pushed harder to select the wild turkey as the national bird.

Since being nearly wiped out in the late 1960s due to DDT and other pesticides, eagles and other birds of prey have made a dramatic comeback. However, this breathtaking recovery has brought some unintended consequences surrounding eagles’ prey on Maine’s out-most islands. While their diet consists mainly of scavenged or live-caught fish along lake, river, and ocean shores, eagles have recently begun to turn their sharp eyes, beaks and talons to seabirds.

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