Decorah eagle electrocuted

July 14th, 2014

EagleDoubleTrouble“Double Trouble” taken by Marie McNamara, rural Goodhue, MN

Recently one of the Decorah eagle fledglings was electrocuted, and its body was found after ITC noticed a fault on the line and went to check it out.

Here are various USFWS Comments on the CapX 2020 transmission line:

USFWS 2-19-08

USFWS 5-4-09


From Iowa Public Radio:

News Buzz: Decorah eagle electrocuted

And in USA Today:

Internet famous eagle in Iowa electrocuted, dies

Power poles are attractive to raptors as high perching spots, and eagles are the most commonly electrocuted birds — 4,300 between 1960 and 1995, according to a federal study cited in a 2005 report by biologist Albert Manville. Electrocution was the fourth-leading cause of death among bald eagles, behind accidental trauma, poisoning and shooting.

… Two eagles from the Decorah nest were electrocuted in 2012.

From the Decorah Newspapers:

Another eagle electrocuted

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