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Coeur d’Alene eagle numbers down

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018

FILE - A bald eagle looks for fish along the shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. The annual migration of bald eagles has begun, meaning that the south-bound birds are stopping in North Idaho where thousands of spawned-out kokanee provide a source of nutrition for the birds' long trip south. The birds will increase throughout December, peaking around New Year's Day. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
FILE - A bald eagle looks for fish along the shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. The annual migration of bald eagles has begun, meaning that the south-bound birds are stopping in North Idaho where thousands of spawned-out kokanee provide a source of nutrition for the birds' long trip south. The birds will increase throughout December, peaking around New Year's Day. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

WILDLIFE – Bald eagle numbers in Coeur d’Alene have dropped this week as expected. Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist counted 179 eagles (141 adults and 38 juveniles).

Hugo counted 372 bald eagles at the last full count on Dec. 7. That was a record number of eagles. The Coeur d’Alene eagle population usually peaks the third week of December.

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