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Wind Farms Are Killing Eagles

September 18, 2013

Wind energy facilities have killed at least 67 golden and bald eagles in the last five years, but the figure could be much higher, according to a new scientific study by government biologists. The research represents one of the first tallies of eagle deaths attributed to the nation's growing wind energy industry, which has been a pillar of President Obama's plans to reduce the pollution blamed for global warming, says FOX News.

  • Wind farms in 10 states have killed at least 85 eagles since 1997, with most deaths occurring between 2008 and 2012, as the industry was greatly expanding.
  • Most deaths -- 79 -- were golden eagles that struck wind turbines.

The vice president of the American Bird Conservancy, Mike Parr, says the tally was "an alarming and concerning finding."

Still, the scientists say their figure is likely to be "substantially" underestimated, since companies report eagle deaths voluntarily and only a fraction of those included in their total were discovered during searches for dead birds by wind-energy companies.

The research affirms an AP investigation in May, which revealed dozens of eagle deaths from wind energy facilities and described how the Obama administration was failing to fine or prosecute wind energy companies, even though each death is a violation of federal law.

Source: "'Alarming' Number of Eagles Killed by Wind Farms, New Study Finds," FOX News, September 11, 2013.


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