Golden eagle killed by Wash. wind turbines

 

A golden eagle was killed by a wind turbine blade at a southwest Washington wind farm, a state biologist says.

 
GOLDENDALE, Wash. —

A golden eagle was killed by a wind turbine blade at a southwest Washington wind farm, a state biologist says.

The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, Wash., reported that it is the first known eagle fatality caused by a Washington wind project.

The 10-pound bird had a broken wing and two broken legs after the April 27 accident at Goodnoe Hills Wind Project southeast of Goldendale, said Travis Nelson, the state's lead biologist on wind power issues.

"This is certainly not the outcome that anyone who was involved in planning and permitting this operation would have wanted, especially the project owner," Nelson said. "We have convened a small review group internally to discuss how we can avoid this in the future."

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