E is for Eagles
Although there were many eagles in the area when the European settlers arrived, the population of the eagles decreased over the years because of their only known enemy, man. They were shot because the settlers thought they were a threat to the livestock. Trees which had been their nesting areas were chopped down. After WWII DDT was introduced and caused the shells of the eggs to be thinner, so not as many eaglets survived.
Eagles were considered an endangered species in the lower 48 states prior to 1973. In 1978 there were no known bald eagles between Portland OR and Eugene OR. Bald eagles were finally removed from the federal threatened and endangered species list in 2007.
Eagles are foragers. In our area eagles frequent the fields where there are sheep, especially during lambing time. They eat the afterbirth. Sometimes they will eat a sheep which is already dead due to natural causes, or possibly one killed by a coyote.
|Golden eagle nest in Eastern Oregon|
|Ewe with lambs|
|Sheep, guardian llama, and juvenile bald eagle, Linn County, OR|
|Mature bald eagle in Marion County, Oregon|
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