Goose Lake residents spotting more bald eagles this year

Goose Lake residents spotting more bald eagles this year

WASECA, Minn. (KEYC) — Dozens of bald eagles have been spotted on Goose Lake outside of Waseca this week.

Many of the birds of prey have been spotted soaring over the lake in groups or perched in trees close to water.

According to wildlife officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the population of the American Bald Eagles has nearly quadrupled in the lower 48 states since 2009.

Officials say that the current population is estimated at over 310,000 after nearly 500 were estimated to exist in the 1960s.

The American Bald Eagle was removed from the endangered species list in 2007.

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