From the Globe and Mail
There have been reports out of British Columbia that starving eagles are “falling out of the sky”.
Wildlife rescue centers in British Columbia on Vancouver Island have reported birds growing so weak from not eating that some are falling out of trees and flying so poorly they are running into things.
One bird apparently crashed into a roof from hunger.
“This is what I said would be happening,” said Mr. Hancock, a biologist, publisher and author of The Bald Eagle of Alaska, BC and Washington.
Hancock says a lack of salmon in the rivers have forced birds and bald eagles to resort to eating out of garbage dumps, leaving them famished and weak from hunger.
“It was absolutely incredible. Within 10 days, we had gone from 7,200 eagles to 345 … So I knew it was going to be a pretty desperate winter,” said Mr. Hancock, who has been studying eagles for 50 years.
“So where did they go? I have a count of 1,387 one day at the Vancouver dump … that was in the week following the Chehalis dispersal,” he said.
There are reports of some birds being poisoned from eating at landfills and dumps.
“We had 1,300 eagles sitting there at the dump the other day,” said Robin Campbell, wildlife specialist at a rescue center. “People dump poisoned animals in there and the eagles feed on them … the birds are starving, but a large percentage are poisoned, too.”
Maj Birch, manager of the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society said the eagles are so weak you can practically walk over to them and pick them up off the ground.
“One young bird was perched in a tree and it just fell out. One was flying and hit a roof. They are falling, collapsing, losing their ability to fly,” she said.