Friday, February 17, 2006

Homer to halt eagle handouts

Homer, Alaska, hosts Bald Eagles by the hundreds, which seems really cool... until the large birds with 7-foot wingspans start injuring themselves or apparently eating pets.

The city council voted this week to stop a feeding program next winter. No longer will the eagles receive handouts of herring, halibut and salmon.

The ban on free meals does not affect Jean Keene, aka the Eagle Lady, until 2010. The Post says,
Her daily gifts of tossed, freezer-burned fish to crowds of begging, but fiercelooking, eagles have lured thousands of professional photographers from around the world to Homer. They shoot (and later sell) spectacular pictures of the birds while never straying more than a few feet from their warm SUVs.


Blogger Dave said...

Jean Keene, aka the Eagle Lady is a pretty cool lady. It's a shame that the feeding got out of hand by others who wanted to capitalize on it.

Jean has sent many eagles to our clinic she found injured. One year we returned one to her for her to release.

February 18, 2006 9:40 AM  

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