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hermhater
01-14-2008, 12:23 AM
At Least 19 Bald Eagles Die in Alaska

AP
Posted: 2008-01-12 16:15:16
Filed Under: Science News (http://news.aol.com/science)
KODIAK, Alaska (Jan. 12) - At least 19 bald eagles died Friday after gorging themselves on a truck full of fish waste outside a processing plant.


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At least 50 bald eagles gorged themselves on fish waste they found in a truck parked outside a processing plant in Alaska. They became too wet and slimy to fly or clean themselves, and suffered when temperatures dipped into the teens. At least 19 of them died Friday. Above, some of the survivors await rescue.




Fifty or more eagles swarmed into the truck, whose retractable fabric cover was open, after the truck was moved outside the plant, said Brandon Saito, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who coordinated the recovery operation.

The birds became too soiled to fly or clean themselves, and with temperatures in the mid-teens, began to succumb to the cold. Some birds became so weak they sank into the fish slime and were crushed.

The truck's contents had to be dumped onto the floor of the Ocean Beauty Seafoods plant so the birds could be retrieved. Some tried to scatter, but since they couldn't fly, wildlife officers soon retrieved them. The eagles were then cleaned with dish soap in tubs of warm water to remove the oily slime and warm them.

The survivors were taken to a heated fish and wildlife warehouse to recover, though some were in critical condition. Saito said they would be released as soon as they were dry and strong enough.

The dead birds will be shipped to a U.S. Department of Interior clearinghouse, where Native American groups could apply to be given the birds or their feathers for ceremonial purposes.

Requests for interviews from Ocean Beauty officials were not returned.

Commercial fishing is the main industry in Kodiak, a city of about 6,000 on Kodiak Island on the south coast of Alaska.


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2008-01-12 15:12:55

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Sad.

tammietailgator
01-14-2008, 12:26 AM
Man! They look pissed

hermhater
01-14-2008, 12:28 AM
And that one in front looks blind in one eye.

tornadospotter
01-14-2008, 12:46 AM
Man! They look pissed


And that one in front looks blind in one eye.
That one with the blind eye, probally told all of the younger ones that, there is no free meal in life, everything has a price. There for the reason they look pissed.

hermhater
01-14-2008, 12:49 AM
That one with the blind eye, probally told all of the younger ones that, there is no free meal in life, everything has a price. There for the reason they look pissed.

Yep!

Good life advice spotter!

Now that I look at it, he looks like he is blind in BOTH eyes.

Is that something to do with the flash, or his eyes tammie?

tornadospotter
01-14-2008, 12:52 AM
Your right they do both look blind, must be the flash.

tammietailgator
01-14-2008, 12:55 AM
Yep!

Good life advice spotter!

Now that I look at it, he looks like he is blind in BOTH eyes.

Is that something to do with the flash, or his eyes tammie?
it looks like he has glaucoma!

hermhater
01-14-2008, 12:59 AM
it looks like he has glaucoma!


And ate bad sushi!

:lol:

tammietailgator
01-14-2008, 01:04 AM
that picture should be in caption this pic section. I think they are saying..... damn turkeys

hermhater
01-14-2008, 01:08 AM
that picture should be in caption this pic section. I think they are saying..... damn turkeys

Done.

tornadospotter
01-14-2008, 01:09 AM
And ate bad sushi!

:lol:
:yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :lol: :lol:
http://www.chiefscrowd.com/forums/

Well I not giving a good review for this sushi bar! Somebody give me a :toast2: :beer:dammit!