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Minnesota's eagle population making a comeback

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ELK RIVER, Minn. (AP) — The National Park Service said bald eagles continue to make a modest comeback in Minnesota, aided by a warm winter and a thriving food supply.

Last month, an unofficial aerial count along the Mississippi River by wildlife officials revealed at least 36 active nests in the 72-mile stretch from Elk River to Hastings. That compares to 28 last year and 30 in 2010, said Bill Route, an eagle project manager for the Park Service.

"The eagle population is increasing and highly productive" in the area, said Route, who cautioned that aerial counting isn't an exact science. more...

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