Utne Blogs > Environment

When a Once-Endangered Species Becomes a Threat

 by Danielle Maestretti


Tags: Environment, wilderness and wildlife, endangered species, bald eagle, seabirds, High Country News, Danielle Maestretti,

In 2007, the bald eagle was officially (and with plenty of pomp and circumstance) removed from the endangered species list. Now, High Country News reports, conservationists face a difficult question: What to do about the fact that these eagles are wreaking havoc on seabird populations along the coasts of Oregon and Washington?

For now, scientists seem to be watching and waiting. Not much is known about the bald eagle’s historical population levels and interactions with murres and gulls—these "raids" on seabird colonies, High Country News notes, “may simply represent a shift towards balance.”

Source: High Country News