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Published January 18, 2013, 08:49 AM

Bald eagles wintering in North Dakota higher than average

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota wildlife officials say the number of bald eagles along the Missouri River is slightly above average.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota wildlife officials say the number of bald eagles along the Missouri River is slightly above average.

The state Game and Fish Department counted 61 bald eagles during its midwinter survey of the river between Bismarck and Garrison Dam earlier this month. Conservation biologist Patrick Isakson says a large number of waterfowl for the eagles to eat has led to the high number of the birds wintering in the state.

The midwinter survey is conducted nationwide to estimate the number of bald eagles wintering in the lower 48 states. It's been done since 1986.

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