Thursday, June 16, 2011

Alaskan Bald Eagles Attack Post Office Patrons

Reuters is reporting a pair of bald eagles nesting near the Post Office in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, has taken to dive-bombing customers.

Alaska State Wildlife Troopers spokesman Sergeant Robin Morrisett is quoted as saying two people were attacked last week, and one of the eagles swooped down on a patron on Monday and drew blood.

According to reporter Yereth Rosen, "Authorities have posted signs and advised people to be careful about their surroundings, but there are no plans to move the nests or fight back against the eagles."

"Bald eagles have never been protected in Alaska under the Endangered Species Act because their populations here have been too healthy to warrant listing. But, as the national bird of the United States, they are protected under special federal laws," writes Yereth.

Shown above, 1991 $14 Soaring Eagle International Express Mail stamp (Scott 2542).

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM