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Amtrak train kills bald eagle eating dead deer on tracks near Aberdeen
The Baltimore Sun ^ | 02/04/2011 | The Associated Press

Posted on 02/04/2011 11:34:00 AM PST by speciallybland

A bald eagle was killed by a train Thursday morning while enjoying breakfast on a stretch of tracks near Abderdeen, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Craig Koppie, an eagle coordinator with the federal agency, said the rare encounter happened in a flash. The bird was eating a deer carcass about 8:30 a.m. as an Amtrak train headed to Washington approached. An engineer spotted the bird and blasted his horn, but the eagle took off too slowly and was hit.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: amtrak; baldeagle; baldeagles; deer; eagle; eagles; train; trains
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1 posted on 02/04/2011 11:34:05 AM PST by speciallybland
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To: speciallybland

Meanwhile, the Middle East burns and our economy still sucks. Thank you, Baltimore Sun (aka BS).


2 posted on 02/04/2011 11:35:57 AM PST by tgusa (Investment plan: blued steel, brass, lead, copper)
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To: speciallybland
Abderdeen

Abderdeen?

3 posted on 02/04/2011 11:36:23 AM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR to pimp your blog!!!)
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To: speciallybland

Gov’t run Amtrak kills the symbol of liberty — how appropriate!


4 posted on 02/04/2011 11:36:58 AM PST by Squidster
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To: speciallybland; Willie Green

All your eagles are belong to Willie Green.


5 posted on 02/04/2011 11:37:10 AM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: speciallybland

Time to outlaw trains.


6 posted on 02/04/2011 11:37:44 AM PST by Jolla
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To: speciallybland

What a metaphor. Especially after Obama’s State of the Union where he mentioned building high-speed trains to make America great again.


7 posted on 02/04/2011 11:38:16 AM PST by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: Squidster

The eagle has landed

All over the windshield


8 posted on 02/04/2011 11:38:31 AM PST by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: speciallybland

Trains should be outlawed to prevent death to protected species!


9 posted on 02/04/2011 11:38:31 AM PST by moovova (Don't let Obama spoil the word "hope" for you...)
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To: speciallybland
Probably more like brunch. Breakfast is served at O-dark-thirty.

/johnny

10 posted on 02/04/2011 11:39:48 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: speciallybland

Call out the environmental grief counselors, pronto!


11 posted on 02/04/2011 11:40:26 AM PST by PGR88
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To: speciallybland

>>> ... but the eagle took off too slowly and was hit.

So, in other words, it is the bald eagle’s own fault.

Got it.


12 posted on 02/04/2011 11:40:44 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

“Abderdeen?”

Yes. It’s just past Harve De Grace.


13 posted on 02/04/2011 11:40:44 AM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: speciallybland

Joe “Amtrak” Biden’s fault...


14 posted on 02/04/2011 11:40:56 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Squidster

“Gov’t run Amtrak kills the symbol of liberty — how appropriate!”

Symbol of liberty feeding on carrion ...


15 posted on 02/04/2011 11:40:56 AM PST by eCSMaster (My memory's not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.)
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To: speciallybland

Give the feathers to the Indians, I bet the engineer didnt even make an effort to steer around the Eagle.


16 posted on 02/04/2011 11:41:26 AM PST by Venturer
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To: speciallybland

Will there be a fine or a waiver?


17 posted on 02/04/2011 11:41:44 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: Jolla
Time to outlaw trains.

When trains are outlawed,only outlaws will have trains.

18 posted on 02/04/2011 11:43:15 AM PST by whodathunkit
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To: speciallybland

The psychotic mind of the liberal believes this kind of political symbol has influence on what happens in the real world.


19 posted on 02/04/2011 11:43:37 AM PST by reasonisfaith (Relativism is the intellectual death knell of progressive ideology.)
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To: speciallybland

Anyone get the ‘trains” side of the story? Good grief the hugh-man-ne-tee!


20 posted on 02/04/2011 11:44:11 AM PST by ColdOne
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To: speciallybland; tgusa; DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis; Squidster; kbennkc

Would this be Obama’s version of Quetzalcoatl?

Bald Eagles are anything but endangered nowadays. We got em up the wazoo.


21 posted on 02/04/2011 11:45:12 AM PST by sinanju
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To: speciallybland

It’s Bush’s fault AND due to global warming.


22 posted on 02/04/2011 11:45:39 AM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: ├čudda├čudd

Depends on who the engineer voted for last election.


23 posted on 02/04/2011 11:45:59 AM PST by MrB (Tagline suspended for important announcement on my about page. Click my handle.)
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To: speciallybland

The govt should look into putting eagle-whistles on trains.


24 posted on 02/04/2011 11:48:10 AM PST by fruser1
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To: swain_forkbeard

I’m glad you have this figgered out—LOL!


25 posted on 02/04/2011 11:49:59 AM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
Abderdeen?

Sounds Arabic.

26 posted on 02/04/2011 11:50:50 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: speciallybland

Deer hardest hit?


27 posted on 02/04/2011 11:55:08 AM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: speciallybland

DDT used to take these weak eagles out of the gene pool...

HEY, YOU’RE AN EAGLE! GO KILL THINGS!


28 posted on 02/04/2011 11:55:15 AM PST by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: speciallybland

If the train driver was a regular American and not a union goon dhim, he’d be facing years of harassment and fines from miscellaneous gov’t agencies.


29 posted on 02/04/2011 11:55:48 AM PST by mapmaker77
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To: speciallybland
We had a deal!


30 posted on 02/04/2011 11:56:17 AM PST by crosshairs (The word for actor in Greek is hypocrite (its true).)
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To: Fiji Hill
Abderdeen?

Sounds Arabic.

Actually named for a place in Scotland. The location of Aberdeen Proving Grounds where the Army tests weapons and vehicles. The test area is sits on Chesapeake Bay and is a haven for all sorts of wildlife. I have often watched Bald Eagles out on the test ranges.

31 posted on 02/04/2011 11:56:25 AM PST by centurion316
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To: swain_forkbeard

Yes. It’s just past Harve De Grace.

Or, in this case, Coup de Grace...

Colonel, USAFR


32 posted on 02/04/2011 11:57:19 AM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: swain_forkbeard; SunkenCiv; neverdem; narses
Craig Koppie, an eagle coordinator with the federal agency ...

So, at a salary of 120,000.00 per year, with benefits costing us - for his one position alone probably $150,000.00 per year - plus an office and office staff travel and per diem and field visits and power and heat and rent and a car and a research budget and a ... what else has this “eagle-eyed” expert done for our nation this year?

33 posted on 02/04/2011 12:01:02 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: speciallybland

oh da manatee!

This is NOT a top story


34 posted on 02/04/2011 12:01:58 PM PST by GeronL (http://www.stink-eye.net/forum/index.php)
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To: Jolla
Time to outlaw trains.

Keep the trains but regulate their speed so the eagles will be safe, perhaps 4 MPH would be appropriate?

35 posted on 02/04/2011 12:02:46 PM PST by relee ('Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away)
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To: centurion316
That's "Abderdeen"

Quality reporting and proofing these days.

36 posted on 02/04/2011 12:03:10 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: jagusafr
When will the Fish and Wildlife Service come out to arrest the Amtrak train for killing an endangered species? How does one put handcuffs on a diesel-electric locomotive? How does one transport it to jail and is their a big enough cell? Hmmmm.
37 posted on 02/04/2011 12:03:49 PM PST by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: swain_forkbeard
It’s just past Harve De Grace.

Wasn't De Grace a shortstop for the Orioles?

I thought nothing could get past ole Harve.

38 posted on 02/04/2011 12:04:06 PM PST by Palmetto Patriot (Just exactly when is the next Election?)
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To: GeronL

My wife and I were taking Amtrak to Chicago from San Fran one time. Our train hit a cow at about 4 in the morning. Did I mention the cow was dead and frozen solid?

When we debarked in Chicago it looked like the engine had hit a 900 pound mosquito. What a mess.


39 posted on 02/04/2011 12:04:50 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: ├čudda├čudd

Maybe they have a F&WS “Incidental Take” permit?


40 posted on 02/04/2011 12:07:02 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: Fiji Hill

Abderdeen sounds Arabic to you? No wonder you take offense to so many things so easily. Aberdeen is Gaelic.


41 posted on 02/04/2011 12:08:42 PM PST by Melas
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To: speciallybland
Federal Laws that Protect Bald Eagles

Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act

The bald eagle will continue to be protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act even though it has been delisted under the Endangered Species Act. This law, originally passed in 1940, provides for the protection of the bald eagle and the golden eagle (as amended in 1962) by prohibiting the take, possession, sale, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import, of any bald or golden eagle, alive or dead, including any part, nest, or egg, unless allowed by permit Bald Eagle sitting in tree (16 U.S.C. 668(a); 50 CFR 22). "Take" includes pursue, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill, capture, trap, collect, molest or disturb (16 U.S.C. 668c; 50 CFR 22.3). The 1972 amendments increased civil penalties for violating provisions of the Act to a maximum fine of $5,000 or one year imprisonment with $10,000 or not more than two years in prison for a second conviction. Felony convictions carry a maximum fine of $250,000 or two years of imprisonment. The fine doubles for an organization. Rewards are provided for information leading to arrest and conviction for violation of the Act.

42 posted on 02/04/2011 12:09:31 PM PST by Lockbox (`)
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To: Fiji Hill

Huh? Abderdeen just sounds like the reporter messed up when trying to spell Aberdeen (as in Aberdeen Scotland). But whatever.


43 posted on 02/04/2011 12:11:42 PM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR to pimp your blog!!!)
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To: Lurker

lol


44 posted on 02/04/2011 12:11:59 PM PST by GeronL (http://www.stink-eye.net/forum/index.php)
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To: speciallybland
If the train had been the Texas Eagle, I would have thought it was a fight for dominance. When is mating season? Understand male locomotives get unusually aggressive during mating season.
45 posted on 02/04/2011 12:12:58 PM PST by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine. Mine. MINE!! All mine!)
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To: speciallybland

Bald eagles may be majestic to look at, but no one ever said they were smart.


46 posted on 02/04/2011 12:13:10 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("The time will come when Winter will ask you what you were doing all Summer" -- Henry Clay)
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To: Sir Napsalot

The eagle was not getting a nutritious lunch nor was he enrolled in Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” program.

Poor downtrodden, obsese eagle.


47 posted on 02/04/2011 12:13:27 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Lurker
I'm told that bullet trains have to stop just before the station so they can clean the dead birds off of the front so it doesn't alarm those waiting on the platforms.
48 posted on 02/04/2011 12:14:04 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: speciallybland

The bird shouldn’t of tried to fly while carrying the carrion. Like the one in AK that electrocuted itself in the power lines flying with a deer head. They obviously enjoy venison:)


49 posted on 02/04/2011 12:14:51 PM PST by Rick66 (Don't dislike me cause I live in Massholechusetts.)
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To: speciallybland

Eagles are still getting run over by powerful forces trying to get their destination.

I thought this would end now that we’ve gotten rid of Sean McDermott...


50 posted on 02/04/2011 12:17:53 PM PST by Our man in washington
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