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    Starving Eagles Fall From Sky

    NewsBirds of Prey NewsThursday 24 February 2011
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    A shortage of food in the Pacific Northwest sees thousands of eagles dying of starvation

    Starving eagles are falling out of the sky on Vancouver Island in Canada. Wildlife experts have watched in horror as the bald eagle count on the Chehalis River dropped from 7000 to just 400 in a matter of days last December. Now rescue centres in the area are reporting birds being so starved with hunger that they fall out of the sky. A collapse of chum salmon runs in the area is being blamed for the crisis. Usually, around 25000 eagles flock to the Pacific Northwest (comprising the US states of Oregon and Washington alongside the Canadian province of British Columbia) every autumn in order to feed on the spawning salmon there. However, according to experts, the salmon didn’t arrive this year, leaving the eagles with no other option than to feed at huge rubbish dumps – which has poisoned many of them. The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre is currently treating nine of these eagles, whilst many hundreds are thought to have flown deeper into the United States in order to find food there.

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