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Bald eagle numbers increase at Lake CdA

A  bald  eagle flies off with its catch at Frentress Lake in the backwaters of the Mississippi River Friday, March 19, 2010, in East Dubuque, Ill. People have reported seeing over fifty  bald  eagles at once. (AP Photo/The Telegraph Herald, Jessica Reilly)  (AP Photo/The Telegraph Herald, Jessica Reilly)
A bald eagle flies off with its catch at Frentress Lake in the backwaters of the Mississippi River Friday, March 19, 2010, in East Dubuque, Ill. People have reported seeing over fifty bald eagles at once. (AP Photo/The Telegraph Herald, Jessica Reilly) (AP Photo/The Telegraph Herald, Jessica Reilly)

WILDLIFE WATCHING —  A total of 121 bald eagles were counted Tuesday in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene, up from 100 eagles counted on Nov. 27 during their annual congregation to feast on spawning kokanee.

BLM wildlife biologist Carrie Hugo said she counted 84 adults (white heads) and 37 juveniles this week.

She notes that 36 eagles were spotted on Mineral Ridge, with a lot of flying action around the boat launch around 1 p.m.

More eagles

Lake Coeur d' Alene doesn't have claim to the only eagle congregation in the region, although the Wolf Lodge Bay eagles are the most accessible for viewing.

Idaho Fish and Game Department hatchery workers collecting kokanee eggs on Lake Pend Oreille counted 129 bald eagles last week near Granite Creek, a 45-minute boat ride out of Bayview.




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