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Eagle numbers continue to soar in Coeur d’Alene

A bald eagle snags a fish out of Lake Coeur d'Alene Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. Carrie Hugo, a U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, counted 110 bald eagles Tuesday. It’s the season’s second annual count of the iconic bird on Coeur d’Alene lake. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
A bald eagle snags a fish out of Lake Coeur d'Alene Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. Carrie Hugo, a U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, counted 110 bald eagles Tuesday. It’s the season’s second annual count of the iconic bird on Coeur d’Alene lake. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Carrie Hugo, a U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, counted 110 bald eagles Tuesday. It’s the season’s second annual count of the iconic bird on Coeur d’Alene lake.

That count included 95 adults and 15 juveniles.

The 372 eagles counted in late 2017 set a record. The previous record of 273 was set on Dec. 29, 2011.

New numbers are announced weekly. Normally, the eagle population peaks around the third week of December.

Good eagle viewing points around Wolf Lodge Bay include Higgens Point and turnouts off Highway 97, including Mineral Ridge. Eagle watching cruise boat tours can be booked at the Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises website.

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