State: Watch Out For Eagles On The Road

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Bald eagles are increasingly being killed while eating on roadways.

On the southernmost point of the Kenai peninsula in the town of Homer, a Bald Eagle guards its nest. Staff Photo: Lee Depkin

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- State and federal officials are asking motorists to be more aware of the presence of bald eagles on Michigan roadways.
Michigan wildlife officials and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say the number of eagles killed by cars is on the rise over the past six years in the state.
In addition to catching and eating fish, eagles commonly feed on dead animals, meaning they're often around road corridors where they scavenge on large road-kill such as deer, coyote, fox or raccoon.
Wildlife officials say scavenging behavior tends to increase during the winter months.
They say eagles sometimes feel threatened by the approach of vehicles and attempt to escape, leading them to cross the roadway into the path of oncoming traffic.

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  • by Mark Location: Jackson on Jan 18, 2011 at 01:47 PM
    I drive a semi for a living. I can understand the want to help/preserve wild life. But to ask motorists to watch out for BIRDS is irresponsible and I think dangerous.
  • by Penny Location: Lansing on Jan 18, 2011 at 12:56 PM
    I have noticed the pair along the south side by Waverly Road. I had to look a few times to make sure, I saw what I saw. Remember what the USA stands for and that the eagle is a representation of the USA. And to peggylu23; you would think but seems like I remember something about cutting the funding.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2011 at 11:59 AM
    Watch along Waverly,from Jolly Road to Lansing Road, Moores River Dr. and Mt Hope along the river, there is a nesting pair in the area, people havew reported seeing him on a light post along the river, and her going after game on the ground, I saw the male take a fish out of the river just east of the bridge.
  • by peggylu23 Location: Fowler MI on Jan 18, 2011 at 11:46 AM
    Yes motorists should be more aware, but don't you think it would help if the authorities removed dead animals from the roadway?
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