The bald eagle has been delisted as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. It took three decades, but we saved our national symbol. Party!
Or so we hoped. It turns out there is a cloud to this silver lining. Loggers and developers, who couldn't capitalize on the value of their land, can now get right back to threatening the bald eagle.
And how did this new designation come about? A Minnesota landowner sued the Fish and Wildlife Service. His argument, to the media at least: "Eagles don't pay taxes; I pay taxes."
Stupid freeloading eagles.
State-by-state eagle numbers from the Center for Biological Diversity.
New Bald eagle monitoring guidelines from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.