What will happen to eagles?
Thursday, February 12 2009 @ 04:22 PM EST
Contributed by: karenbills
Council to consider emergency ordinance extending feedings
BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG
As Homer mourns the loss of Jean Keene, "The Eagle Lady," the Homer City Council on Monday considers an issue raised by her death on Jan. 13: What to do about the bald eagles she had started to feed this winter?
Last week, City Manager Walt Wrede granted a 10-day and then a three-day extension to Steve Tarola, a friend of Jean Keene, to feed eagles at Keene's Homer Spit cabin. That extension ends Monday.
Photo by Michael Armstrong
Supporting language in the ordinance cites concerns by biologists that stopping feeding could cause more harm than good.
"It's obvious we have an emergency situation regarding the feeding of eagles," said Councilmember Dennis Novak. "We're dealing with it."
Novak and council member Bryan Zak said all six members agree with the emergency ordinance and are expected to vote in favor.
"This is pretty much a done deal. Everybody's on board," Novak said.
A Boston photographer and doctor, Don Montemorra, urged the council to pass the ordinance.
"Had we all had the privilege of Jean being with us for several more months (or, more preferably, several more years), the issue of feeding would not have been raised at all," he wrote in a letter to the council. "Extending the feeding for a few additional months seems to be a rather small concession, the right solution for a situation created by humans and certainly something that I would imagine Jean would have wanted."
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