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.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Garland Location: Hopkins, County on Jan 25, 2010 at 09:52 AM
    On Sunday Jan. 25th 2010 while duck hunting on the Tradewater river in Hopkins county, Kentucky I saw four eagles fly over. Two were Bald Eagles and two were solid brown. One of the Bald eagles was with them and the other was separate. They are a beautiful bird. I thought one was going to pick up a downed duck and that would have been fine with me.
  • by Anonymous Location: Pikeville on Jun 29, 2007 at 06:03 PM
    Bald Eagle fries up nice, but I really love me some spotted owl stew! Goes good with rice and a Caesar salad
  • by Jean Location: London on Jun 28, 2007 at 04:46 PM
    Keep them on endangered list,For there own good or they will be back on, becouse some people injoy killing them just for the fun of it,IF YOU CAN SAY THAT,FOR THE FUN OF IT FOR THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL,AND NEED TO STAY ON THE ENDANGERED LIST FOR THERE SAFE'ED
  • by K Location: Lake Cumberland on Jun 28, 2007 at 04:35 PM
    I have seen one around here. Close to Lee's Ford and Slate Branch boat docks
  • by RALPH Location: PIKEVILLE on Jun 28, 2007 at 02:34 PM
    I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT I AM GLAD THE EAGLE IS FINALLY MAKING A TRUE COME BACK. THE EAGLE IS A SYMBOL OF OUR AMERICAN FREEDOM AND WAS A SYMBOL OF POWER AND FREEDOM FOR THE FIRST NATIVE AMERICANS (INDIANS). I HAVE WORN AN EGALE NECKLACE FOR A LOT OF YEARS AND PEOPLE ASK ME WHY AND I SAY THIS IS OUR SYMBOL OF FREEDOM. I HAVE COLLECTED EAGLE ITEMS FOR YEARS. I AM A VETERAN AND CAN REMEMBER WHEN PEOPLE USED TO DISPLAY OUR FLAG WITH THE EAGLE SYMBOL PERCHED ON TOP OF THE FLAGPOLE. WOULD BE GREAT TO SEE THAT AGAIN.
  • by Marc Location: London on Jun 28, 2007 at 11:39 AM
    I watched two of them all day on Friday at Laurel Lake. They were in a tree just up from the dam toward Holly Bay. I was able to get some pictures of them.
  • by Joyce Stewart on Jun 28, 2007 at 09:50 AM
    Keep them on endangered list.
  • by cem Location: South East KY on Jun 28, 2007 at 09:24 AM
    Laurel Lake has a small population of them.
  • by Casey Location: Lexington on Jun 28, 2007 at 07:50 AM
    I haven't seen any around here. Where would be the best place to spot one?
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      by steve on Aug 15, 2011 at 07:35 PM in reply to Casey
      I spotted two baldeagles today on cedar creek lake it was a thrilling site. try to get pic. next time.and no they were not buzzards or ospreys

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