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.