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Posted Fri Feb 25 2011: from CBC:
Starving B.C. eagles swarm to dumps
A weak chum salmon run along B.C.'s coast is having a devastating effect on the local bald eagle population. The fish is a staple in their diets and and the lack of it has the eagles starving and fighting for what little food is out there.... "We've had a few in that were hungry," Day told CBC News Thursday. "We got one in the other night that had been drowning. It got into the water and didn't have the strength to get out. Some people hauled it out." There have been reports on Vancouver Island of eagles falling out of trees, dead from starvation. The weak chum salmon run was made worse earlier this month by heavy rains that washed away many of the few remaining salmon carcasses. The birds have been forced to scavenge in garbage dumps, like the Vancouver landfill.... The dump might seem provide easy pickings, but wildlife officials said it can be a dangerous place. Poisoned pests, such as rats, are often disposed of in landfills, which in turn will poison an eagle.
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Good thing they're not American bald eagles. That would be a threat to our national icon!

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