Officials say fewer bald eagles returning to Lake Coeur d’Alene

Public land managers say the number of bald eagles flocking to northern Idaho’s Lake Coeur d’Alene has unexpectedly dropped.

Bureau of Land Management biologists last week counted 223 of the iconic birds, down from last year’s total of 367. BLM says the decline may be related to the conclusion of kokanee salmon spawning.

Next week’s count will determine if the eagles have moved on from the area, perhaps because they are focusing on other food sources like Lake Pend Oreille. (AP)

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