Arizona's bald eagles lose federal protection

By Shaun McKinnon - Oct. 2, 2010 12:00 AM

The Arizona Republic:

Arizona's bald eagles suffered what wildlife advocates called a crushing setback after a judge ruled that the birds can be removed from the federal threatened- and endangered-species list.

A conservation group said it would file a new lawsuit Monday seeking to keep the state's eagle population on the list.

U.S. District Judge Mary Murguia did not address the larger issue of whether Arizona's desert nesting eagles deserve greater protection than other eagles. Rather, she said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had complied with her earlier order to review the status of the population, which biologists say is separate from other eagles in the contiguous 48 states. Her ruling was dated Thursday

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