Death of a gentle giant
March 15, 2002
On March 12 I received a phone call from my boyfriend, Rich Waltsak, telling me he had just witnessed a bald eagle falling from the sky after being electrocuted by power lines that cross the river where the eagle was fishing. My daughter and I stopped at Rich’s house a few hours later and saw the magnificent eagle (very large and very dead), as Fish and Game were taking it away.
What a shame! This bird was so healthy and beautiful. We’ve been thrilled to watch these birds nest in our valley and start to multiply after being so near extinction. It was devastating to see this healthy giant dead, with scorched wings where it had made contact with the power lines. What a waste.
I find it appalling that the power companies that serve the Roaring Fork Valley can’t use some COMMON SENSE and have these wires either underground, or crossing the river in conjunction with bridges that are already in place
Or temporarily insulate these wires that are hanging and distance them further than two feet apart, until they can be buried or placed next to a bridge. “Eagle vision” prevents these birds from seeing these wires stretched across the river as they are now.
Hopefully enough people in this valley will be as horrified as we were, at the unnecessary death of a near-extinct bird, and let the power companies know that changes need to be made now.
Quick action can prevent this from happening again. We are sharing this valley with the wildlife that was here long before us.
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