Bald Eagle Could Be Removed from Endangered List 

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