68% of Bald Eagle Deaths Are Caused by Humans

By  | February 27, 2015 | Filed under: Interesting Facts

SONY DSCWhen we look at the average lifespan of bald eagles, bald eagle facts show that they live on average to be 20 years old in the wild. Some individual bald eagles in the wild have lived for as long as 26 years.

Bald eagles in captivity tend to live longer lives, and one bald eagle in captivity was reported to live to 50 years old. When we look at what kills bald eagles in the wild, bald eagle facts paint a troubling picture for human interaction with these amazing birds.

In one survey of bald eagles, scientists found that 23% of eagles died from colliding with objects such as wires, buildings and cars. Further bald eagle facts from the survey show that another 22% died from being shot. Another 5% of the bald eagles in the survey died from being trapped, 9% died from being electrocuted, presumably by power lines, and 11% died from being poisoned.

Putting all of these numbers together and looking at the root causes of these deaths, bald eagle facts reveal the surprising truth that 68% of bald eagle deaths are caused – directly or indirectly – by humans.

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