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Kokanee-eating bald eagles liven up Bayview area

A bald eagle plucks a kokanee out of Lake Pend Oreille near Bayview. (Norma Jean Knowles)
A bald eagle plucks a kokanee out of Lake Pend Oreille near Bayview. (Norma Jean Knowles)

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Reviving the kokanee fishery at Lake Pend Oreille is attracting more than fishermen.

A good number of bald eagles are congregating in the Bayview area to hunt spawning kokanee, and those eagles are attracting bird watchers.

Norma Jean Knowles caught the photo above on a Monday visit. She said she was attracted to the area by the second annual Eagles of Bayview Photo Contest sponsored by Bayview Chamber of Commerce.

Lake Coeur d'Alene's spawning kokanee also are attracting bald eagles to Wolf Lodge Bay.  BLM counted at least 40 bald eagles there last week.  No official count is being conducted at Lake Pend Oreille.



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