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Alaska Board of Game to Rule on Bald Eagle Feeding
Alaska Eagle Watch Network / December 14, 2005

Your support is needed for four proposals to amend regulations to add the Bald Eagle to the existing list of wildlife, such as wolves and coyotes, which are prohibited to be intentionally fed.  The Board of Game will consider this issue at their Anchorage meeting beginning January 26, 2006.

Feeding apex predators like eagles alters their natural distribution, abundance, and behavior.  Eagle feeding by misguided people is a significant problem in Homer, Eagle River, Sitka, Juneau, and other coastal communities in southern Alaska.   Many eagles lured into residential or commercial areas for food are electrocuted or fly into power lines.

A major winter eagle feeding operation (500 lbs/day) on the Homer Spit has existed for 26 years and is causing increasingly serious problems.  The local eagle population has risen sharply with counts as high as 650!  Numerous crows, ravens, and gulls also are attracted to fish wastes meant for eagles.  Besides killing small pets and poultry, the burgeoning eagle population is probably taking an escalating toll on prey species, such as sea ducks and other waterfowl, seabirds, sandhill cranes, grebes and loons, and sea otter pups.

Large artificial concentrations of fed eagles and other commensal species also increase the likelihood of disease transmission and collisions with aircraft, which has already occurred at the Homer airport.


WHAT YOU CAN DO:



Please mail or fax comments on 8.5" x 11" paper supporting adoption of Proposals 38, 39, 40, and 43, which all request making the intentional feeding of wild bald eagles unlawful.

The Board of Game does not accept email testimony.

Please send comments by January 13, 2006 to:

Board of Game Comments
ADF&G
P.O. Box 25526
Juneau, AK 99802

or Fax:  907-465-6094

Also email a copy of your letter to the Alaska Eagle Watch Network at alaskaeaglewatch@hotmail.com or mail them a copy at P.O. Box 2387, Homer, AK 96603.

Oral testimony can be presented at the Board of Game meeting on January 28, 2006

To read the proposals go to:

http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/gameinfo/meetinfo/2005-2006/gprop0106propsonly.pdf.

For more information call 235-6262.

 

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