Bald eagle 'a major attraction' in Baker

Published: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 11:43 AM.

"I have always heard other people say that (bald eagles) have been seen near Karick Lake, near Blackmon," he said.

Seeing the eagle is becoming common  — particularly since the bird was removed from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's threatened and endangered species list in 2007 — Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge director Amanda Wilkerson said.

The bald eagle's increasing numbers have been evident to staffers who have rehabilitated several of the birds the past two years, she said.

"If there are more being injured, than that means that there are more out there," she said.

Copeland said he thinks Baker's birds enjoy eating animal carcasses on the side of the road.

"There always seems to be a possum that don't make it across (Highway 4) ," he said.

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