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Feds back Norfolk's removal of eagle nests

Friday - 4/12/2013, 3:50am  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The federal government is backing a decision to remove bald-eagle nests from the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

The botanical garden is near Norfolk International Airport. In the past 10 years, four bald eagles have collided with aircraft using the airport.

The city had sought the opinion of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service after environmentalists alleged that the city was in violation of its permits.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/ZLRJ68 ) that the service recommended that the city continue its strategy at the garden in hopes of encouraging the eagles to relocate.

In a recent letter sent to the city, said the service considered nest relocation but found that keeping a nest nearby would've done little to alleviate the hazards associated with being near the airport.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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