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Bush official: Bald eagle will be off threatened list this year
Herald Tribune .com ^ | 5/15/04 | DON THOMPSON

Posted on 05/15/2004 8:11:02 PM PDT by Libloather

Bush official: Bald eagle will be off threatened list this year
Last modified: May 15, 2004 6:28PM
By DON THOMPSON
Associated Press Writer

SACRAMENTO -- The American bald eagle - the national symbol whose decline helped spur the Endangered Species Act and a ban on the pesticide DDT - will be off the threatened species list this year, a top Bush administration official promised Saturday.

Craig Manson, the administration's point man on the Endangered Species Act, agreed with a leading environmental group which said it's time to concentrate recovery efforts on other, more needy species.

The Interior Department will outline its plans this summer after taking public testimony on how best to safeguard the bird while recognizing that its population has significantly recovered, said Manson, the department's assistant secretary for fish and wildlife and parks.

"That species is our national icon, and even though it may be delisted under the ESA it would remain protected under the Bald Eagle Protection Act," Mason told The Associated Press in an interview. "It's no longer endangered, but it's still deserving of special protection."

Once common across North America, the bald eagle was reduced to just 417 known breeding pairs in the continental United States by 1963. Its habitat was being destroyed as the nation grew, ranchers shot it as a danger to sheep, and widespread use of pesticides after World War II thinned egg shells and caused a crash in the eagles' birth rate.

Recovery efforts began with the Bald Eagle Protection Act in 1940. By 1978, the bird was listed as endangered in 43 states and threatened in five others. In 1995, the species was reclassified as threatened throughout the lower 48 states.

Today there are more than 7,678 breeding pairs in the contiguous United States, leading the group Environmental Defense to call on President Bush this week to "make history" by removing the bird from the federal list.

The delisting process began 4 1/2 years ago, but is taking far longer than the typical year because the eagle's range is so wide. Nesting pairs must be recounted in each state, and the government's plan must take into account differing protections enacted by individual states.

The delay stretches back to the Clinton administration, Manson said, but earlier this year the administration began the final steps to complete the process by year's end.

"There were some legal issues that had to be worked out, we've worked them out, we figured out how to do it," Manson said before delivering the commencement address at the University of the Pacific's Continued 1 | 2 | Next >> Last modified: May 15. 2004 6:28PM


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bald; baldeagle; bush; eagle; environment; esa; list; off; official; threatened; year
From those who supposedly worship the earth before anything else -

...considering the fact that the 'National Symbol' is really nothing but a fish buzzard! You should see those things in Alaska, during the salmon runs, they're everywhere, but they aren't usually eating anything live, they prefer the dead ones. BWahahahahaha!

Beauty...

1 posted on 05/15/2004 8:11:06 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

I have seen them taking carrion (racoons) beside the freeway in the Twin Cities area. Poor racoons seem to be endangered too, better get 'em listed.


2 posted on 05/15/2004 8:16:32 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Round up the known Left - Hand them over to the Islamic militants for execution - watch the video.)
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To: Libloather

Back in December of 2002 my daughter and I saw two of the things swooping over a park in Dover, Delaware. We took it as an omen that the Philadelphia Eagles were sure to go all the way that year. So much for omens!


3 posted on 05/15/2004 8:22:50 PM PDT by Agnes Heep (Solus cum sola non cogitabuntur orare pater noster)
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To: Agnes Heep

Doubt it. The best athlete in Philly is a horse. He and his jockey make it the best team.


4 posted on 05/15/2004 8:43:01 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: Libloather

Does this mean we can bring back DDT?


5 posted on 05/15/2004 9:07:18 PM PDT by writer33 (The U.S. Constitution defines a Conservative)
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To: Libloather

They are fairly common in Northern Michigan. I've seen them by Lake Michigan, and also even inland flying over the hunting camp.


6 posted on 05/15/2004 9:09:40 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("I bury those cockroaches")
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To: Libloather
Does that mean I get an Eagle Tag on my hunting license?

So9

7 posted on 05/15/2004 9:24:23 PM PDT by Servant of the 9 (Trust Me)
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To: insane_robot

Although it will be off the endangered species list, I do believe it will still be illegal to kill them.


9 posted on 05/15/2004 10:34:31 PM PDT by CWOJackson
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To: Libloather; Deb; MinuteGal; Matchett-PI; oldglory; mcmuffin; M Kehoe

They're all over Florida now, and they drop pieces of dead fish in my yard. Maybe I'll find out what they taste like, with hot-sauce, of course............FRegards


10 posted on 05/15/2004 11:05:08 PM PDT by gonzo (I support a womans' right to choose!.......................So, what are they? Silicone or Saline?)
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To: gonzo
...they drop pieces of dead fish in my yard. Maybe I'll find out what they taste like, with hot-sauce, of course...

The pieces - or the eagles? Careful - other eagles are watching. (Something to keep in mind - eagle has a real tendency to taste a lot like spotted owl.)

11 posted on 05/15/2004 11:19:22 PM PDT by Libloather (If it really comes down to it, I'm voting Miller Genuine Draft Light...)
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To: All

bttt


12 posted on 05/15/2004 11:24:45 PM PDT by Jonx6
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To: Libloather

We have a pair nesting about a mile from my home in Washington state.
I've seen a pair, male and female, doing what comes natural out on the Olympic peninsula. It's really quite spectacular, they fly to a great height, merge and get it on, and begin to fall. A hundred feet from the ground, they part and fly off, whether she's happy or not.

Even if they are no longer endangered, they are still protected under the federal Bald Eagle Protection Act.


13 posted on 05/15/2004 11:35:27 PM PDT by djf
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To: Libloather
"...The pieces - or the eagles? Careful - other eagles are watching. (Something to keep in mind - eagle has a real tendency to taste a lot like spotted owl.)..."

The eagles, you fuel!

Spotty-Owls - yum! Tastes like Condor!

I was hoping for more of an alligator taste, without the toughness. Since we moved over onto the salt water from Lakeland, I can't bag any alligators in my backyard anymore, because, well, my backyard is the Gulf of Mexico - no alligators!

BTW, eating an alligator is like chewing on a Michelin-Steel-Belted-Radial tire! Gotta boil 'em alot...............FRegards, pal

14 posted on 05/15/2004 11:50:58 PM PDT by gonzo (I support a womans' right to choose!.......................So, what are they? Silicone or Saline?)
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To: gonzo

What they selectively omit from this story is the fact that most of the "endangered" species that have been de-listed, were taken off as a result of more accurate record-keeping, not any amazing recovery effort on the part of our government's enviro-weenies.


15 posted on 05/16/2004 3:45:23 AM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid ("So what? So you're big. So you're black. So you've got a badge and a gun. So I'm a dead man.")
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To: writer33
We're pretty close to it. But I guess we have to have a bigger list of HUMAN deaths caused by the almighty mosquito.

And of course, the Indians ARE allowed to kill the eagle for ceremonial purposes.

I'm trying to remember the last time the eagle did something for the world except eat roadkill. The condor impresses me even more...with their roadkill lunches.

16 posted on 05/16/2004 4:06:59 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Sacajaweau
They also get smoke copious amounts of peyote for their religious rites. What's up with that? Aren't their potheads outside of small enclaves on Southwestern Indian reservations? Shouldn't their religious beliefs be respected to?
17 posted on 05/16/2004 4:12:45 AM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid ("So what? So you're big. So you're black. So you've got a badge and a gun. So I'm a dead man.")
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To: Libloather

This positive will be twisted into a negative by the left. The vast majority of the left thinks that Bush is ruining the environment. When I ask one of these harpies to provide an example, they either change the subject or trot out "EVERYONE knows it's true" talking points. Watch for the hit Bush will take on this. It will resemble the arsenic hypocrisy.


18 posted on 05/16/2004 4:31:21 AM PDT by macrahanish #1
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To: CWOJackson
Although it will be off the endangered species list, I do believe it will still be illegal to kill them.

I sure would like to pop the Golden Eagle that has moved into my subdivision and made life hell for small dog owners.

It is way too hot to have to wear a long coat to cover the shotgun I carry when walking my dogs.

So9

19 posted on 05/16/2004 8:01:05 AM PDT by Servant of the 9 (Trust Me)
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To: Libloather; All

20 posted on 05/16/2004 8:04:56 AM PDT by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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21 posted on 05/16/2004 8:07:42 AM PDT by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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To: gonzo
Hey Gonz!

tagline LOL!!!

22 posted on 05/16/2004 1:41:03 PM PDT by mcmuffin
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To: Servant of the 9
One of our favorite duty stations was Juneau, where bald eagles are like pigeons in a city. Thousands of them.

Whenever someone would be transferred in from the lower 48 we would warn them to keep their dogs and cats indoors. A lot of them didn't pay attention and would let Fluffy out...Eagle snack time.

23 posted on 05/16/2004 2:43:42 PM PDT by CWOJackson
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To: ItsonlikeDonkeyKong
"...What they selectively omit from this story is the fact that most of the "endangered" species that have been de-listed, were taken off as a result of more accurate record-keeping, not any amazing recovery effort on the part of our government's enviro-weenies..."

True in most cases, Kong. But the eagles - geez - the gummint put aeries on top of all the power poles here in Florida, and the squirrels and pigeons are disappearing. Not fair for folks who need them as food.

BTW, welcome to FR, pal...............FRegards

24 posted on 05/17/2004 12:01:48 AM PDT by gonzo (I support a womans' right to choose!.......................So, what are they? Silicone or Saline?)
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To: gonzo
Excellent point.

I'm not sure, but I think there's actually a company somewhere that sells roadkill as a genuine food product.

25 posted on 05/17/2004 12:04:45 AM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid (I'll stop bellyaching when Stephen King stops writing crappy screenplays!)
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To: KevinDavis

Nice pics, Kevin! Thanks. Our Florida version is more like the Osprey, but just as loud and hungry..............FRegards


26 posted on 05/17/2004 12:20:53 AM PDT by gonzo (I support a womans' right to choose!.......................So, what are they? Silicone or Saline?)
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To: Dan from Michigan
...They are fairly common in Northern Michigan..

Actually when they got to looking, there were a lot of eagles that looked like normal eagles but by looking closely they could see that they were bald eagles doing a comb-over.

27 posted on 05/17/2004 12:37:59 AM PDT by Dan(9698)
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To: mcmuffin
"...tagline LOL!!!..."

Hey Dave! Good to see ya, pal...

When the Muse hits, I go nuts, but you know that!

I liked my last one, though, and I'll probably use it again:
'It's tough dealing with Tourettes Syndrome, SO CUT ME SOME F**KING SLACK!!

At our next get-together, everybody brings their own blow-up bed and pillow - we got blankets - and their own fishin' rods - we got bait.

There must be an election comin' up - I'm gettin' a h*rd-on.................FRegards

28 posted on 05/17/2004 12:38:05 AM PDT by gonzo (I support a womans' right to choose!................."So, what are they? Silicone or Saline?")
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