Starving eagles fall from sky in Canada
Bald eagles in British Columbia are starving, wildlife experts say.
February 25th, 2011
08:07 AM ET

Starving eagles fall from sky in Canada

Bald eagles are falling from the sky dead of starvation, wildlife experts in western Canada say.

Eagles that depend on late fall salmon runs to provide enough fat to get them through the winter are starving on account of poor runs last year, Maj Birch, manager of a bird rescue facility, told the Victoria Times Colonist.

The Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society shelter in British Columbia has treated about 20 birds this year, Birch said.

"This is the most we have ever had," Birch told the Times Colonist. "Many of them are downed before they are brought in. They are on the ground and they're too weak to fly away.

"Some of them are actually falling out of the sky. One of them slid off a roof yesterday."

Thousands of hungry eagles are flocking around landfills, competing with seagulls and often being poisoned by the scraps and rats they find there, biologists told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

A herring run due to occur in early March should provide relief for birds that can hold out that long, Birch told the Campbell River Mirror.

"Then everybody will have a feast," she told the paper.

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  1. Indiana

    I think the dead fish are a sign of these earthquakes. Of course if the fish are dead what are birds to eat?? I think and believe this is a sign of more disasters to come. Think of what you may......but Matthew 24 seems to be only logic at this point.

    February 25, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mary

    Man has interfered and animals are suffering and dying.. But even though we know that, environmentalist will not allow man to intervene and help the problem.. We are taking out dams all across the United States because of the damage it has supposed to have done to the fish.. yet we had fisheries that kept the rivers stocked with adequate and healthy fish.
    Now that we are going to let things go back el'natural we seem to have forgotten little things like dumps sites and poisons and all the other things we have done to add to this sad situation..
    We must intervene now. We have come to far..
    Sad that wildlife will suffer once again, because we now want to fix some damage and not others..

    February 25, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • A farmer

      Today the BBC reports that a fox was found in the tallest building in London. It was captured, fed, its health checked, and turned loose next to the building where it had been found. In the USA, it would have been simply shot. So much for the USA.

      February 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. vladimir

    the comments are longer than the article itself! HYPOCRITES! spoiled brat americans

    February 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ANDREW VEGAS

      Yes we are. and we still save everyone else's ass when they ask for it, and we still get no thank you.

      February 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. insensitiveone

    Who cares about fish and birds. Evolve or die!

    February 25, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bubbashrimp2

    I heard they took those eagles and brought them to the White House where they made a eagle stew for Moochell and she even invited Rev Wright. He said God D-mn America, these Eagles is good! Then, Barack dedicated his book to him, got married and Baptised his daughters by his hand. Mayor Bloomberg was angry though as the food was not marked with how many calories it was.

    February 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Canopy

    They don't have to pay for their food and still can't find anything to eat....A sign of things to come for us humans?

    February 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Blindinsight

    I'm no tree hugging hippie, but we need to realize that if ecosystems around the world begin to fail we're in trouble. This common sense people you don't need to be a flower child or ecologist to see this. Food and water shortages will become a problem if pollution, over fishing and rapid development continue. The Earth has reached its limit of human beings that it can feed and provide water and oxygen to. These are the signs nature has given us. Let's wake up before it's too late!

    February 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. headroom

    It's all Momar Ghadahfi's fault.

    February 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Andrew Thalmann

    Is anybody going to warn the herring of the approaching genocide? =(

    February 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Matt

    I don't suppose Bald Eagles would eat, say... baby dolphins?

    February 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. KillAllAnimalsIntoExtinction

    Buying chinese goods means that you promote unbounded (exponential) growth of chinese population. This means there is less and less space for animals, until the go extinct.

    February 25, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jamar Dukes

    Matthew 6:26
    Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

    February 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamar Dukes

      lol... Jesus totally failed here.lolllll.

      February 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. David

    What about the poor herring?

    February 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jamar Dukes

    Matthew 6:26
    Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

    epic failure Jesus!!!!lolll

    February 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Illinois

    Arizona.....God is getting ready to show us all something. When sin is rampid as it was in the days of Noah..............

    February 25, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frustrated with People

      Rampant.
      I love how people who don't know 3rd grade vocab words feel they have all the answers to the worlds problems.
      Turn off the damn TV and read a frickin' book now and then. Words are good for you.

      February 25, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
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