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Officials Fear Large Eagle Poaching Ring May Exist


Dead Golden Eagles Selling For As Much As $3,000

POSTED: 3:01 pm PST January 31, 2008
UPDATED: 4:52 pm PST January 31, 2008

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Eagles may be protected under federal law, but that doesn't seem to be helping the majestic birds in the Kern County foothills.

The federal government is in the middle of a months-long investigation into alleged eagle poaching, which can be very lucrative for the poachers

Golden Eagles are majestic in their natural habitat; but one was found shot dead by a suspected poacher on Woody Road about halfway between Bakersfield and Glennville.

It happens all the time, said Lt. Tom Stenson of California Fish and Game, referring to the suspects his office and the federal government have been following for months.

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First Nations Ponder Suits as Alarm over Sea Lice Spreads

Wildlife NewsStephen Hume, Special to the Vancouver Sun

Published: Monday, January 28, 2008

If British Columbia's wild salmon runs were damaged by a sea lice crisis similar to those in Norway, Scotland and Ireland, who should be accountable?

Chief Darren Blaney of the Xwemalhkwu First Nation figures government. So Blaney is urging fellow chiefs to start thinking about class action suits directed at governments constitutionally required to protect wild fish for first nations but which always seem to place industrial interests first.

"I've talked to some of the Sto:lo chiefs about it already," Blaney says. He plans to bring the idea forward again at a cross-border meeting of tribal chiefs and elders from around the Georgia Basin.

This year it's in Tulalip, Wash. Washington tribes share Fraser River sockeye stocks, so he may find sympathy south of the 49th parallel. Not to mention among upper Fraser bands who rely on sockeye runs for food.

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HANCOCK FORUM NEWSLETTER - Issue No 7 ~ January 23, 2008

NewslettersHANCOCK FORUM NEWSLETTER

Issue No 7 ~ January 23, 2008
Editor: Blue Heaven


image... LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

This Issue of the Hancock Forum Newsletter is less than usual due to my preoccupation with another matter. However, I am publishing it while the content is current.

Blue Heaven

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NEST NEWS
Sidney Nest
  • Snow on the nest in early December...janner
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  • Adult eagle flies past the nest, December 15, 2007...jkr
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  • Surprise visit at dusk, 4:50pm on December 22, 2007...queenie
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  • Another flyby on January 8, 2008...SharonFeeney
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  • Skipper captured Dad visiting the nest at 3:44pm on January 9th .....VIDEO: Eagle Visits the Nest (3:23)
    He plucked every tall stem off the weed in the nest bowl so we aren't likely to see the expected yellow flowers bloom.
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    Later that afternoon, SharonFeeney captured an unusual approach to the attic branch:
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Golden Eagle Euthanized After Leg Caught in Steel Trap

From Billings Gazette (Montana)
By The Associated Press

MISSOULA -- A golden eagle caught in a steel leg trap near Missoula suffered an irreparable leg injury and was euthanized, state wildlife officials said.

Jeff Darrah, warden captain with the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department, said it isn't clear where the trap was set, but it was illegal for several reasons.

The eagle apparently carried the 3-pound trap for several days over an unknown distance before it was found in a grove of trees in Clinton Friday afternoon.

Darrah took the bird to Kate Davis, executive director of Raptors of the Rockies, a wild bird education organization in Florence. The bird was a healthy adult male weighing about 8 pounds, but its leg was injured beyond repair by the weight of the trap. Davis consulted with a veterinarian and a raptor rehabilitation specialist before euthanizing the bird Saturday.

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The Bird Treatment and Learning Center, Anchorage, Alaska

Wildlife News

The Bird Treatment and Learning Centre in Anchorage, Alaska, took 30 of the bald eagles from the mishap at Ocean Beauty Seafood in Kodiak (see previous articles for details).

 The unexpected flood of eagles is increasing their expenses drastically and they need your help. 

 The following is important contact information from the Center's website :

 Please bring your salmon or cash donation to

Bird Treatment and Learning Center
6132 Nielson Way
Anchorage, Alaska 99518

Or call our office with your credit card donation

907-562-4852

Thank you in advanced for your help!

To see daily updates on the eagles (including pictures), please visit The Bird Treatment and Learning Center here: http://birdtlc.blogspot.com/

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