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Saturday, December 7, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Bald eagle numbers still increasing at Lake CdA

Bald eagles are gathering at Lake Coeur d'Alene to feast on spawning kokanee
Bald eagles are gathering at Lake Coeur d'Alene to feast on spawning kokanee

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bald eagles continue to flock into the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene for the annual feast of spawning kokanee, with more eagles counted this week.

Today's survey by U.S. Bureau of Land Management biologist Carrie Hugo found 109 adults (white heads) and 17 immatures for a total of 126 bald eagles in the northeast area of the lake. That's up from a total of 79 bald eagles counted last week

The 126 eagles counted this week far exceeds the 34 eagles the survey tallied at this time last year for the November-January gathering.

Kokanee are abundant and the lakes edges are ice-free providing good conditions for the eagle buffet.

The eagles provide a popular wildlife-viewing attraction with numbers of birds and viewers increasing into December.



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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