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Eggs recovered, bald eagle pair relocated from dangerous area
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Eggs recovered, bald eagle pair relocated from dangerous area

Sarasota, FL - A pair of bald eagles that nested in a light stand at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota are being encouraged to look for a safer place to re-nest.

Eagle experts with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that conditions at the site were too dangerous for the eagles and their young to remain. Possible dangers to eagles nesting in busy urban environments include the increased chance of collisions with vehicles and aircrafts and electrocution.

“Not only do nesting eagles that learn to tolerate dangerous urban settings put themselves at great risk, the hazards in these environments present a high level of danger to young, fledging eagles," said Michelle van Deventer, the FWC's bald eagle management plan coordinator.

A private consultant removed two eggs from the nest Tuesday morning and sent the eggs to the American Eagle Foundation, at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The American Eagle Foundation is the only facility with the extensive resources and staff expertise required to successfully hatch eagle eggs and rear young. The foundation has successfully released more than 100 bald eagle chicks into the wild.

The concerns of wildlife officials about the high risk of the area's urban-nesting eagles were highlighted yesterday when an eagle was badly injured in a collision with an automobile on Fruitville Road. The injured eagle was captured and taken to the Wildlife Center of Venice. The accident happened only a short distance from Ed Smith Stadium. Soon after the occurrence is when officials found the pair on the nest at the stadium.

For more information on Florida bald eagles, go to MyFWC.com/Eagle.

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