With bald eagle populations on the
rebound, there’s a move afoot to remove the American symbol from
Maine’s list of endangered and threatened species.
The move follows federal action to take the eagle off its
endangered list in 2007. On Tuesday, the Legislature’s Inland
Fisheries and Wildlife Committee will hold a hearing on a bill to
bring Maine’s law on the bald eagle into sync with the federal
A co-sponsor, Sen. Bruce Bryant of Dixfield, says there’s been a
tremendous increase in the bald eagle population.
State and federal law first recognized the bald eagle as an
endangered species in Maine and 42 other states in 1978. It was
reclassified as a threatened species in 1995.
The eagle will still receive protection under several other