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Mr. President, make eagle safety a priority

Published: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 1:14 p.m. CDT

I am responding to the Dec. 14 letter titled “Bald eagle endangered by wind energy.” The eagle is a great American symbol. Mr. President, you are not a true American to let people kill our national symbol.

The eagle, at one time in 1967, was on the endangered species list. There was an act named for it. The reason being is people overdid the DDT spray. Spray goes anywhere in the air. It got on the eggs, and the shell could not fully develop.

In others, it lacked the calcium it needed to fully form an eaglet. The adult eagle was unable to lay healthy eggs.

In 1995, the law had changed to "threaten." In other words, there were more eagles being born because of the lack of DDT spray.

In 2007, eagles were off the endangered and threatened list. Now, in 2013, the president says it's OK to kill maimed or hurt eagles if they hit a wind turbine. So this is saying in the future, the eagle will be an endangered species.

It seems man in politics can make any rules he or she pleases. It is, sorry to say, what this country is coming to – there are 150 rehabs in the U.S. for caring for the eagles if they were hurt. Man has got to stop killing animals that are not hurting the population in America.

To sum this story up, it has given the power of the president to kill eagles for 30 years. Mr. President, you do not have a heart or a mind that is sane to pass a bill to allow this to happen. Eagles are beautiful.

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