Dakota Midday: Bald Eagle Removed From State Threatened List
The bald eagle is the national bird of the United States, but by the middle of the 20th century populations of the bird of prey were decimated. In 1963, there were only 487 nesting pairs in the contiguous states. However new regulations and the banning of the pesticide DDT helped the bald eagle population recover.
In 2007 the bald eagle was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species. Bald eagles were removed from South Dakota’s list of endangered species in 2003 and have now been removed from the threatened list by the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission.
Eileen Dowd Stukel, wildlife diversity coordinator for South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, joined Dakota Midday and discussed the state's bald eagles.