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.