Officials warn gawkers to stay away from bald eagle nest

Wildlife News

By SUSAN FIELD
Posted: Tuesday, 05/07/13 06:28 pm
Updated: Tuesday, 05/07/13 07:47 pm

 
One of a pair of eagles perches in a tree overlooking a nest where its mate and offspring sit on
 Meridian Road in the afternoon on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (Sun photo by LISA YANICK-JONAITIS)

State and federal officials are warning people to stay away from what is arguably the Mt. Pleasant area’s worst-kept secret.

Numerous drivers have been stopping along South Meridian Road between Pickard and River roads to look at a bald eagle’s nest, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service want people to stay clear of the nest.

Owners of the property have put up no trespassing signs and want people to stay off their land as well.

Located high in a tree east of a farm field, the nest is home to at least one eaglet, and Jeremy Payne, a conservation officer for the Michigan DNR, said the penalty for going onto the field to get a closer look at the avian family is at the least a recreational trespassing ticket and at worst a federal crime.

United States Fish and Wildlife Special Agent Jim Fuller said anyone caught distressing, harassing or taking bald eagles is subject be federal charges under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

 

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