Fewer counters, not fewer eagles, lead to lower nest count


HARRISBURG (AP) – The Pennsylvania Game Commission says its workers have counted fewer bald eagle nests in the state for the first time in decades.

But commission spokesman Travis Lau tells WHTM-TV that the lower numbers aren’t because there are fewer bald eagles. Lau says it’s because the game commission has less manpower to count the nests.

This year’s count found 239 active nests, or 38 fewer than last year.

Lau also says that some people who help count the nests might not be reporting nests that they’ve reported in the past. But Lau says any nests should be counted and reported annually.