- Associated Press - Thursday, December 19, 2019

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) - Public land managers say the number of eagles flocking to northern Idaho’s Lake Coeur d’Alene has unexpectedly dropped.

Bureau of Land Management biologist Carrie Hugo counted 223 eagles last week, The Spokesman-Review reports. That compares to last year, when Hugo counted 367 eagles.

BLM spokeswoman Suzanne Endsley said the decline may be related to the conclusion of kokanee salmon spawning. She said next week’s count will determine if the eagles have moved on from the area, perhaps because they are focusing on other food sources like Lake Pend Oreille.

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