Bald Eagle Population Soaring in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The American Bald Eagle population has grown so dramatically that government officials are expected to announce today that the bird is no longer a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

The Center for Biological Diversity released a report this week, estimating there are eleven-thousand, 40 pairs of bald eagles living in the lower 48 states and the District of Columbia.

In Kentucky, it's estimated that there are about 50 nesting pairs that live in the state year-round. That compares to just one known nesting pair in Kentucky about 20 years ago.

The bald eagle became a member of the nation's first endangered species list in 1967. By 1995, the bald eagle's status had been upgraded from "endangered" to "threatened." In 1963, it was estimated that there were just 417 pairs of bald eagles left in the United States.

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