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Coeur d’Alene eagles continue to wow

A bald eagle snags a fish out of Lake Coeur d'Alene Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. The annual migration of bald eagles has begun, meaning that the south-bound birds are stopping in North Idaho where thousands of spawned-out kokanee provide a source of nutrition for the birds' long trip south. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
A bald eagle snags a fish out of Lake Coeur d'Alene Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. The annual migration of bald eagles has begun, meaning that the south-bound birds are stopping in North Idaho where thousands of spawned-out kokanee provide a source of nutrition for the birds' long trip south. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Three-hundred and forty-three bald eagles were counted on Lake Coeur d’Alene, Tuesday.

A Bureau of Land Management biologist counted 299 adults and 44 juveniles. Last year at the same time 314 eagles were counted.

The eagles are feasting on spawning Kokanee. Although officials aren’t sure why there might be more eagles this year than at the same time last year there have been “abundant Kokanee in Lake Coeur d’Alene” according to Matt Corsi, an Idaho Fish and Game fisheries biologist.

The eagel numbers usually peak during the third week of December.

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