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Letter: Give Verde bald eagles endangered status
6/16/2012 1:01:00 PM
The efforts of those trying to protect the Arizona desert nesting bald eagle are to be commended. I would suggest that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (UFWS) do a little research on the Endangered Species Act passed in 1940, amendments in 1962 and 1972 revision. The information resulting from the studies that brought about the 1972 revision is especially significant.
The studies disclosed the cause and impact on diminishing population of the bald eagle. Crops sprayed with DDT were eaten by rodents which in many cases were eaten by bald eagles, resulting in thin shell hatching eggs. This caused a decrease in surviving young. Another cause, which got little or no publicity, golden eagles were being killed, under the pretext that eagles were killing newborn calves and lambs.
The problem that was uncovered was, many of the eagles killed were bald eagles. Golden and bald eagles look very similar in early stages of life. As a result of the studies, DDT was banned and the golden eagle was protected.
Looking at the published pictures of Arizona’s desert nesting bald eagles, the same thing could happen and bald eagles will be killed. UFWS should provide Endangered Species status to Arizona‘s desert nesting bald eagle.
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