Since near extinction in the early 1960s from the widespread use of the pesticide DDT, habitat destruction and illegal shooting, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s best estimate places the bald eagle population at nearly 143,000, a significant jump from 30 years ago, when the service estimated that only 2,475 breeding pairs existed in the entire country.

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ou812

Great pictures!!!!

oldhomey

Wow! I grew up in La Crosse in the 50s and 60s and never heard that bald eagles ever had been natural to the area. It is so impressive that they've made this comeback. I was in Alaska in the 1990s and saw dozens eagles perched in trees during the salmon run, and thought I had seen something you could only see there. Now we can see them right here in those numbers in the trees. I am truly amazed.

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