One of the most high-profile species was removed from the Endangered Species List a few weeks ago. The bald eagle has been listed since 1967, but removed last week.
Why was the Bald Eagle endangered? Many say the species significant declines in the 1950s and 1960s were primarily as a result of DDT poisoning. In, “Our National Bird Returns,” Harold Brown says “the truth is eagles were in danger long before then, most likely as the result of indiscriminate shooting.”
For example, he notes that “More than 100,000 eagles were killed in the Alaskan Territory between 1917 and 1950 for bounties ranging from 50 cents to $2 each.”
Today, in Georgia, the eagle population is increasing each year. Ninety-four were seen in the 2005-2006 nesting season, with an additional 120 young eagles. “The recovery of this national symbol is a clear indication of our environmental progress…”