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Earlier this week, we reported that bald eagles are dying in Utah, baffling biologists. Now, it seems that wildlife officials have finally pinpointed what's killed at least 27 eagles in the state: West Nile virus. Credit: Thinkstock The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources reported that their lab tests have indicated West Nile virus as the cause of the mysterious bald eagle deaths. The DWR said they still believe, as they suspected earlier, that the eagles were contracting the disease from grebes, another bird species upon which the bald eagles prey. The grebes' migration will end soon, and that should end the danger to Utah's bald eagles....

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...

This is just plain awesome. If you've ever thought that flying free like an eagle seems like it must be the greatest feeling in the world, this video will give you enough of a taste of that feeling to know that you're right. Someone attached an action camera to an eagle's back, and then let the bird do its thing, soaring through the Chamonix valley in southeastern France. You can hear the wind whipping by, and even get a look at the eagle's piercing eye as it turns its head, scanning the horizon. Don't forget to full-screen this one for maximum effect....

Most Americans have probably seen their fair share of patriotic posters with bald eagles soaring through a fireworks-filled sky over an American flag. The truth is, however, that bald eagles are actually quite terrified of fireworks. A suburban Seattle neighborhood has decided to relocate the floating launch pad for next weekend's big fireworks show due to a pair of baby bald eagles that were found nesting in a tree on Lake Washington's shore, according to Reuters. A spokeswoman for the local National Audubon Society said...

Two bald eagles found themselves locked together by their talons after colliding during a midair battle, crashing to the ground at Duluth International Airport in Minnesota, according to the Associated Press. Minnesota conservation officer Randy Hanzal told Grind TV that it's not unusual for mature eagles to battle over territory, which they do by fighting in midair and grabbing at each other with their talons. Typically, the eagles will let go of one another before they hit the ground, but this time, the two birds found themselves stuck together. Hanzal said that the eagles were fairly calm when he brought them to the wildlife rehabilitation center. He covered them with blankets and...

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