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State population of bald eagles is on the rise

Published On: Jun 08 2013 02:11:45 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 08 2013 02:13:06 PM CDT
Bald Eagle

Mike Blake / Reuters

MILWAUKEE -

Wisconsin's population of bald eagles is on the rise, with nesting pairs spotted in nearly every county in the state.

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report said this year's population is expected to top last year's record of 1,337 nesting pairs.

The population surveys are conducted through the air every year by the Department of Natural Resources. Pilots swooped low over trees in April to look for adults and eggs in nests. This month they'll be surveying nests for chicks.

Because eagles are primarily fish eaters, many of the nests are along the Mississippi River and near Lake Superior. The densest populations are in the forested areas of Oneida and Vilas counties.

Experts say one reason the eagle population is recovering is because newer generations are more tolerant of humans.

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