Writing for the Knoxville News Sentinel, Morgan Simmons reports on golden eagle activity (and research) in eastern Tennessee:
Biologists estimate the population of golden eagles in the U.S. to be between 20,000 and 30,000, with the vast majority of those occurring west of the Mississippi River.
According to Todd Katzner, a research assistant professor at West Virginia University and the principal investigator with the golden eagle survey, the population in the eastern U.S. numbers between 2,000 and 3,000 birds.
“These are rare forest predators that are very skilled at avoiding people,” Katzner said. “They stick to heavily forested ridgetops. Most people in the east aren’t even aware we have golden eagles.”
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