For all the symbolism our national bird embodies, it can be a pretty delicate bird.
The Duluth News Tribune reports the bald eagle that was rescued after crashing onto a tarmac at the Duluth airport has been found dead. In the May incident, it and another eagle got their talons tangled.
Mike Schrage, wildlife biologist for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, says the eagle was found Monday near U.S. Highway 2 bridge over the St. Louis River near Brookston.
This time the death was completely the fault of humans. The bird got tangled in old fishing line.
“It’s too bad,” Schrage told the paper. “I’ve seen this before with other birds — herons and others. Fishermen, be careful and pick up your fishing line. It can last a long time, and it can be a killer.”
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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