Bald eagle may no longer be ‘threatened’ species in Pennsylvania

Credit: Pennsylvania Game Commission
The bald eagle could be upgraded to “protected” status. Credit: Pennsylvania Game Commission

The bald eagle may no longer be considered a “threatened” species in Pennsylvania.

The state Game Commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Management is recommending the national symbol be upgraded from “threatened” to “protected” status across the state, according to a news release.

“This year marks just another high point in the spectacular and widespread recovery of bald eagles in Pennsylvania, and it’s clear that the definition of a threatened species no longer describes them accurately,” biologist Doug Gross said in a statement.

A threatened species, according to state regulations, may become endangered in the foreseeable future.

The decision to delist the bird is based on criteria outlined in the state’s bald eagle management plan. Gross said 266 nesting pairs have been confirmed statewide as of Monday. In 2012, 237 nesting pairs were documented statewide.

The official proposal will formally be submitted to the Board of Game Commissioners at its regular meeting on Sept. 23.

The board then could choose to vote on the proposal at a subsequent meeting. Public input will be accepted.


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