Perhaps in Canada and Alaska the bald eagles are as numerous as crows but not so much in the lower 48 -
In the James River area of VIrginia, they were just about extinct, and now up to around 240-250 breeding pairs. Each pair can lay from 1-3 (3 and occasionally 4 have been seen but are somewhat unusual) eggs, from these hatchlings there is only a 50% survivial rate for those making it to 5 years, which is the earliest that a bald eagle is able to breed.
Given those numbers, it does make me sick that someone can claim the right to kill them. That’s just my opinion. We have several converging rivers in the Dayton area, but no eagles have been seen in many years. Around Lake Erie, I understand there are some. Where we used to summer in Northern Michigan, a pair would come each year (in the 60s) but none have been seen in that area in years.
I guess that even our national symbol has to bend over (and die) for vocal minorities.
If those Asian carp get into the Great Lakes, there will be plenty of eagle chow for all.
I’m on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming and we sometimes see eagles soaring very high overhead.
We have hundreds of eagles here in OK...during the winter. Even have a few pairs that live here year round.
Wasn't like that...30-40 yrs ago.