TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Wildlife advocates say New Jersey’s bald eagle population is showing signs of recovery after once being considered an endangered species.
NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/2jbesna) the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program released its 2016 NJ Bald Eagle Project Report last week.
The report states that observers tallied 172 bald eagle nests in New Jersey last year — 11 more than 2015.
Among the nests that were monitored, 150 had eggs. The group also reported seeing 15 new eagle pairs this season.
Forty-seven percent of the state’s nests are located in Cumberland and Salem counties, along with the bay side of Cape May County.
State Division of Fish and Wildlife officials say habitat loss and human activity are the biggest threats to the bald eagle population.
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