Bald eagles feast on rare Cormorant threatening the population
Bald Eagles have increased in numbers after years of decline and are now threatening the Great Cormorant species as they are targetting the cormorant chicks which could wipe out the bird population in the United States.
With less fishes for the eagles, they now are flying to Maine's rocky islands, the only known nesting colonies of the great cormorants and snatching the chicks. The cormorant has declined significantly from 250 pairs to 80 pairs since 1992.
"They're like thugs. They're like gang members. They go to these offshore islands where all these seabirds are and the birds are easy picking," said Brad Allen, a wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. "These young eagles are harassing the bejesus out of all the birds, and the great cormorants have been taking it on the chin."
The bald eagles have increased in population which causes a lack of food hence the attacking of other bird species. Eagles are now dieting on other birds where in Alaska, the eagles are dining on seabirds, and in the Midwest, they are hunting baby blue herons.