- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Officials plan to mark Utah’s Bald Eagle Day with a discussion of recent deaths of dozens of the birds to the West Nile virus.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1cqvkut ) that the number of bald eagles known to have died in Utah since December has climbed to 47.

Many of the eagles are believed to have feasted on the carcasses of aquatic birds infected by virus-carrying mosquitoes.

Bald Eagle Day will take place Feb. 8 at several locations across Utah where eagles gather in large numbers for winter roosting.

As many as 1,200 migrating eagles winter in Utah. Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area is one popular roosting spot.

Officials say the eagles are unusually social in winter.

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