December 29, 2009 in Idaho, Outdoors

Eagle watchers warned not to stop on roadway

By The Spokesman-Review

Idaho State Police are cautioning eagle watchers at Lake Coeur d’Alene not to stop in the middle of the roadway on state Highway 97, or they risk getting a ticket.

Some motorists have been stopping in the travel lanes along the two-lane highway that runs from Wolf Lodge Bay down the east side of the lake to Harrison. It creates a safety hazard for other motorists.

As a result, police have increased patrols in the area and are writing tickets for the violations. Highway 97 has a limited number of pull offs for stopping.

Police said eagle watchers should instead go southeast along East Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive to Higgens Point where there is a large parking area and pathways for viewing. Eagles congregate there because it is near a spawning area for kokanee salmon, a wintertime food for the birds.

The drive is reached from a traffic light on Sherman Avenue immediately west of Interstate 90 on the east side of Coeur d’Alene.

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