Deirdre Fleming: Road to survival for bald eagles includes alert motorists

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Deirdre Fleming
Portland Press Herald
Monday, June 24, 2013
yesterday at 12:00 am

Maine abounds with wildlife, and consequently, it has more than its share of roadkill, bald eagles included.

After the state discovered a number of bald eagles had been fatally hit by vehicles on I-95 north of Bangor, officials set about trying to reduce the mortality rate of the majestic and symbolic bird. But it’s still uncertain if the road signs that went in at the northern end of the interstate have helped, officials say.

Bald eagles were taken off the endangered species list in Maine in 2007, but still are listed as a threatened bird here and need to be protected.

The road signs erected last winter warn motorists of bald eagles in the road on the section of the highway between Medway and Island Falls. 

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