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Fledgling ‘EagleCam’ star found dead

Bald eagles in a nest in Seattle as viewed through the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department's EagleCam. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)
Bald eagles in a nest in Seattle as viewed through the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department's EagleCam. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

WILDLIFE WATCHING— One of the young eagles monitored on a popular Seattle-area EagleCam has died, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports.

The fledgling eagles were just learning how to fly when one was found dead near the nest tree Tuesday. There were no visible injuries to how the bird died.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife agents have taken the dead eagle and a necropsy is planned to determine the cause of death.

Wildlife officials say the surviving young eagle appears fine and has mastered basic flying 101. The young eagle may leave the nest soon or continue using it as a temporarily feeding and roosting site.

The EagleCam live video streams an eagle nest egg perched atop a 200-year-old Douglas Fir tree in Seattle.

Thousands of regular viewers have watched the eagles from when they hatched about four months ago to when they took their first flight just days ago.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's network of eagle cams has become an obsession to some eagle fans and an important way to educate the public and get the involved in efforts to protect the rebounding population.




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