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SATURDAY, DEC. 4, 2010, 8:40 A.M.

Eagle gathering grows at Lake CdA

WILDLIFE -- At least four 65 bald eagles are gathered in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene for their annual feast of spawning kokanee. 

BLM wildlife biologist Carie Hugo counted 39 adults and 25 immature eagles on Friday.

“I know I missed some of the adult birds during my count,” Hugo said.  “The adults, with their bright white heads, blend in easily with snow covered tree branches!  But the immature birds are all brown and stand out more against the snowy white trees.” 

Last year at this time Hugo counted only six eagles, and in 2008 only 35 were counted.  With early numbers like this, there should be ample opportunities to spot eagles during this
holiday season.

For easy access to viewing sites, drive east of Coeur d'Alene on I-90 and take the Wolf Lodge Exit.  Start looking as you ease around the bay.

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