ZitatStarving bald eagles are falling out of the sky in the Comox Valley, a wildlife expert says.
Maj Birch, manager of the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society, is caring for seven eagles.
Several others had died before they could be helped, she said.
"This is the most we have ever had," Birch said. "Many of them are downed before they are brought in. They are on the ground and they're too weak to fly away.
"Some of them are actually falling out of the sky. One of them slid off a roof yesterday."
This year, about 20 birds have been cared for by the centre.
Most have had to be fed by tube because they are too debilitated to eat solid food, Birch said...
Zitat"The eagles didn't get the food they needed in January."
Now the eagles are waiting around the Comox Valley for the herring spawn in early March, said Birch, who hopes the run will not come too late for many of the birds.
"By then, the birds could be so debilitated they may not have the energy to hunt," she said.
Eagles face challenges in other areas because of pollution, development and overfishing, Birch said.
"If you go to the landfill, you see hundreds of them right now and they're not really garbage-eaters," she said.
Robin Campbell, of North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington, which is caring for nine bald eagles, said most became ill after eating at dumps in the Comox Valley and Campbell River.
"If they can't find carrion, they go to the dump, and the problem with the dump up there is you get a lot of poisoning," he said.
No one at Comox Valley Regional District was available to talk about the landfill Tuesday.....
Ich hörte, dass es nicht neu oder ungewöhnlich wäre, dass viele Adler bei Mülldeponien zu beobachten sind. U.a. in Prince Rupert. Wenn man Bären oder Adler sehen möchte, dann entdeckt man sie vor allem dort bei Mülldeponien. Hunderte Adler und recht regelmäßig bis zu zwei oder fünf Bären (man nimmt an, weil sie nicht ausreichend an die notwendigen Fische rankommen).