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      112 golden eagles seen in Wis., Minn., Iowa region

      File photo (WLUK/Mike Raasch)
      File photo (WLUK/Mike Raasch)
      LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - The latest survey of the golden eagle population has counted 112 birds in a region covering southeast Minnesota, southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa.

      A La Crosse Tribune report says the count was conducted last month by the National Eagle Center.

      Project coordinator Scott Mehus says there was a scarcity of juvenile birds. He says only 19 of the 112 eagles were young birds.

      Some 171 observers conducted a one-day survey on Jan. 18. They drove more than 4,600 miles to search for golden eagles. They also counted 878 bald eagles and 400 red-tail hawks.

      The Wintering Golden Eagle Survey is part of a project to learn more about the golden eagle population in the blufflands region. This was the 10th year it was conducted.