Eagle influx a sign of too few salmon

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David Hancock watched as a seagull nabbed a juicy glop of food from the Vancouver Landfill and tried to flap away with it.

Ten eagles dove on the gull, which dropped the morsel nearly on his windshield.

A great flurry of wings swarmed Hancock's car in the ensuing food fight – one that was being replicated all over the landfill Monday.

"They're all here because there's 50,000 gulls eating garbage," the wildlife biologist explains. "As soon as a gull grabs a piece of garbage that's too big to swallow immediately, there's five eagles hassling him."

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