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Oct 21, 2016 3:50 PM

New Hampshire wants bald eagle removed from threatened list

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire wildlife officials are proposing to remove the bald eagle from its list of threatened species, now that the bird has made a steady comeback in the state.

Bald eagles were scarce in the country in the 1950s. They started to return after the insecticide DDT was banned in the 1970s and birds hatched in captivity were reintroduced to the wild.

Few were documented in New Hampshire in the 1980s. In 2007, they were removed from the federal endangered species list. The following year, their status was upgraded to threatened in New Hampshire.

This year, there are 56 territorial pairs that produced 51 eaglets, the highest number ever documented.

The New Hampshire Audubon Society says monitoring, nest protection and outreach have helped the birds thrive.

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