Environment: Sluicing the Eagles

Around lambing time last spring, persistent reports drifted into Washington of huge piles of dead eagles in Wyoming. The stories were discounted at first. There are only about 2,000 or so bald eagles left in the U.S. outside of Alaska, and an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 golden eagles. As an endangered species, they are protected by strict federal laws from hunters, including ranchers, who hold to the largely disproved conviction that eagles are responsible for the mass slaughter of lambs.

Last week the reports of slaughtered eagles turned out to be all too...

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