HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – For the first time in decades, fewer bald eagles nests are being reported in Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission said 239 active nests were counted during its annual mid-year inventory. That’s 38 fewer nests than last year.
Commission spokesman Tavis Lau said the lower numbers aren’t because there are fewer eagles.
“We don’t think that eagles are going into decline,” he said. “What we’re saying is responsible for this lower number, really, is a cut in manpower and available resources to go count those nests.”
Lau said people who reported eagle nests in previous years may not realize they should report them annually.