Biologist: Eagles Nesting at Lake Cumberland

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Creation of large reservoirs statewide has provided habitat that historically was not available to eagles.

A state biologist says at least one pair of bald eagles is nesting at Lake Cumberland and that the birds are making a comeback in the area.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources biologist John Williams told The Commonwealth-Journal there may be more than one pair at the lake. Williams says since the federal government banned the pesticide DDT in 1972 and a national re-introduction of the birds in the 1970s and 1980s, the number of nesting bald eagles around Kentucky has steadily increased.

Due to the high concentration of suitable habitat, most eagle nests are in western Kentucky. However, reports of bald eagles from central and eastern Kentucky are becoming increasingly common.

Creation of large reservoirs statewide has provided habitat that historically was not available to eagles.


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