Letter of the Day (Jan. 6): Eagles and wind farms

  • Updated: January 5, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Utah mystery raises eyebrows, but wind farms don’t.


The deaths of several bald eagles in Utah recently have raised alarms among state wildlife officials.

Photo: Associated Press/Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah,

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I found it ironic in reading the Dec. 30 article “What’s killing the bald eagles of Utah?” that we do know what’s killing at least that many per year in another way — wind farms. These would be the same wind farms that recently were given a 30-year exemption from prosecution for killing bald eagles by the Obama administration.

The latest estimates are that more than 500,000 birds are killed annually from wind farms. Of that, about 80,000 of them are raptors.


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