United States’ emblem, the American bald eagle is no longer facing extinction, according to new reports.
The good news was announced during President’s Day and researchers say that the population of this emblematic bird of prey is increasing again after many years of decline.
The bald eagle represents freedom and is well known for its longevity, hunting skills, looks and strength. All these characteristics have gained the bird the statute of national emblem.
The American bald eagle was chosen to represent the United States in 1782, was declared an endangered species in 1967 and was removed from this list in the 1990s.
Patti Barber, a biologist and an expert in endangered bird species at the Pennsylvania Game Commission, explained that it’s very exciting to know that the nation’s symbol is no longer on the brink of extinction. She added that many people are proud that this magnificent bird has managed to escape the endangered list.
The scientists noted that at the moment there are approximately 69,000 bald eagles in the US, which is a lot more than it was estimated in 1963.
Although the number is a promising one, it’s still below the number of estimated bald eagles in 1792, which was more than 100,000.
The number of bald eagles started to go down when DDT was introduced shortly after the World War II.
DDT was banned from the United States in 1972 and from Canada in 1989.
A report from 1984 said that some of the causes that led to the deaths of many bald eagles included hunting, electrocution, and in-flight collisions with their kind.
The bald eagles are known to hunt fish, duck and other small birds, and became protected from commercial trapping and killing by an official protection act known as “The Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1940.”
The recent increase of bald eagle population is remarkable but experts are still worried because these birds are no longer living in the wild completely, since their natural habitats are gradually declining due to human intervention and human settlements.
Lisa Smith, a bird expert said that because the bald eagle population increased in the last 20 years, the birds are competing for space and are known to injure and even kill each other.
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