Bald Eagles Dying Mysteriously in Utah

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The baffling deaths of at least 20 bald eagles in Utah this month alone are suspected of being linked to diseases that state wildlife officials believe have killed thousands of other birds around the Great Salt Lake, Reuters reported.


The bald eagles have suffered from tremors and seizures, as well as paralysis in their wings, legs and feet. The cause remains a mystery.

"It's just hard to have your national bird in your arms, going through seizures in a way it can't control - when you can see it's in pain but don't know what's happening to it," said Buz Marthaler, 56, co-founder of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah.

So far, testing has ruled out as a potential cause lead poisoning from hunters' bullets lodged in the eagles' prey. Experts believe that the eagles' deaths are due to disease rather than toxins.

"It appears to be more disease-related since we're seeing birds with neurological symptoms and enlarged hearts," said Utah wildlife disease coordinator Leslie McFarlane. "That doesn't rule out all toxins, but it shortens the list of suspects."

The most likely culprit appears to be a cocktail of diseases - including avian cholera and erysipelas - that have killed thousands of eared grebes in Utah over the past few months. Bald eagles prey on eared grebes, which are a species of water bird, so scientists have theorized that the eagles may be contracting the diseases from eating infected grebes.

Wildlife officials will continue to investigate the situation this week.

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Rich

I'm in Utah, and on the news tonight they said the cause is West Nile Virus (the one mosquitos carry). They think they are getting it from another species of bird that gets it that they prey on.

December 31 2013 at 8:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Artsfww

If it were disease they would've found it. It most likely the same cause that's killing other birds and fish: EMF (electro magnetic frequencies) used by military experimenting on unsuspecting humans

December 31 2013 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
blueyehorse

it may not be the disease it might be the ok from mr.o permission to kill the bald eagles.

December 31 2013 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
blueyehorse

I don't think it may be its what mr.o gave permission to kill the bald eagles.

December 31 2013 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chikaloca2

Bald Eagles prey on water birds. Does Fukushima come to mind?

December 31 2013 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chikaloca2

Bald Eagles prey on water birds....Fukushima?!

December 31 2013 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Connie

I was going to share a beautiful link that is a 24 hour cam watching two parent eagles and their 2 babies in their nests. Instead of finding concerned Eagle lovers in here, I mainly see President Obama haters and bigots. It's really not worth my effort!

December 31 2013 at 11:02 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
napachiefs

Mind bending can happen when High Pitch Sounds are being used, such as Micro Wave and Magnetic wave devices being used around the clock, such as Utah, Georgia,Iceland, And Canada, even underwater waves can be produced to any level desired high or low tide, a possible trouble area could be Cern CH?

December 31 2013 at 10:53 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
trekkienut

Thomas: This, accompanied by the 10 year waiver from prosecution for killing eagles the Obama administration has given wind farms, should finish off the population quite nicely.


Not necessarily so Thomas. The bald eagle is making a fantastic comeback in East Texas. We have a rising population around the Lake Fork area and I have seen several. I fear more for my chihuahuas than the eagle

December 31 2013 at 7:19 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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dori

As an animal lover, but also a hobby farmer who puts her own animals first, I'm never happy to hear that large birds of prey are increasing in number. Ground predators are usually not too hard to control with a good fence and some great livestock guardian dogs, but the air predators are a lot harder to keep away from my poultry and small animals. Sorry to say it, but the lack of eagles in my area makes me feel better. I've heard they even kill goats, and I have some very loved and valuable dairy goats.

December 31 2013 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ChisnaAlaska

I hate to break it to you trekkienut, but the windfarms wouldn't have been prosecuted anyhow. It's not as though they are chasing down eagles and killing them. It's that some birds fly into the blades. Just like they fly into buildings, windows, and airplanes.I've personally seen logging trucks kill eagles when they fly in front of them. I almost hit one a year ago. And guess what..... None of those cases ended up with anyone being charged either. Because there was no intent to harm the eagles. Hopefully this clears this up for you.

December 31 2013 at 11:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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HAT1701D

True, there won't be any prosecution of wind farms ( silly concept eh? ). That said, there are regulations related to bird and bat species and the way wind farms effect the environment in which they will operate related to those species now going into effect. That has started happening in Indiana ( where I live ) in the wind farms in Benton and White county. They are now having to reduce blade velocity to 7 MPH at night and stop completely, as many wind turbines as possible ( at night ) to minimize bat deaths. In Tippecanoe county, a wind farm project that had been in development for almost 6 years was finally cancelled when regulations were introduced concerning bird species and bat species. That set back various permits and waivers that had already been granted because those previously established arrangements did not comply with the new regs. The company finally pulled the plug ( no pun intended ) after years of environmental impact studies, negotiating with the county, farmers and property owners, contracting, etc. All that effort...and a few new regs added in killed it.

December 31 2013 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
Thomas B. Grady

This, accompanied by the 10 year waiver from prosecution for killing eagles the Obama administration has given wind farms, should finish off the population quite nicely.

December 31 2013 at 6:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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ChisnaAlaska

How many were prosecuted prior to this 10 year waiver ?
Can you say NONE ?
And why ? Because there was no intent to kill the eagles.
Just like when they fly into windows or airplanes. Which by
the way kill far more birds than wind farms do.

December 31 2013 at 11:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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