Bald Eagles Thrive
Jackson, Wy – The number of bald eagles in Wyoming has
grown to 185 breeding pairs.
The eagle population recovery has exceeded expectations from
ornithologists who predicted much lower recovery rates when the
birds were first granted federal protection in 1967.
Wyoming's bald eagle population had dropped to 35 breeding pairs
by 1978 due to hunting, pesticides, poisons and other factors.
Bob Oakleaf oversees nongame species for the Wyoming Game and
He says bald eagles still face habitat destruction and human
encroachment because of development. But he says conservation
groups are working to protect open space from development and bald
eagles seem to be increasingly at ease in the presence of humans.