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.