(WYMT) – It has been a record year in Kentucky for the bald eagle.
Officials with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources have found eagles in 72 of the 120 counties here in Kentucky.
30 years ago bald eagles were nearly extinct. Now their numbers have almost tripled.
Kate Slankard, a biologist with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, says eagle population growth started slow, but then took off.
“This species takes five years to reach maturity to where it can breed,” said Slankard. “And so populations for a slow-growing species like that tend to start off kind of slow, and then all of the sudden get a boost once we get enough birds that are five years old that can nest.”
You may see more bald eagles in Kentucky during the winter due to eagles migrating away from the bad weather around the Great Lakes region.