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Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos

 

One of the largest, fastest and nimblest raptors of North America - the golden eagle is a fearsome predator. They typically hunt rabbits, hares, ground squirrels and prairie dogs, however they’re also able to prey upon relatively large animals, such as cranes, wild ungulates and domestic livestock. As their primary prey species don’t usually ingest pesticides, the golden eagle was lucky to avoid the harmful impacts of DDT and other egg thinning chemicals prior to their ban in the 1980’s.

 

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Taken on September 7, 2017