Tim Chitwood: Hunting eagles and poachers

tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 12, 2014 

There's a rose in a fisted glove, and the eagle flies with the dove, and it's Monday Mail.

Eagle's trace

Y'all seen any bald eagle nests on the Chattahoochee River? The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is collecting sightings. And if you'd like to see eagles and never spot any here, you can go online and see them somewhere else, as noted in this email from DNR:

In a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and Berry College, the DNR Wildlife Resources Division is streaming video provided by the northwest Georgia college of two bald eagles nesting near Berry's athletic and recreation center.

The public can follow the pair 24/7 at www.georgiawildlife.com/BerryEagleCam, as well as on Berry College's website www.berry.edu/eaglecam. Berry staff and eagle watchers can also track the birds on Facebook at www.facebook.com/berrycollegeeagles.

The nest, first documented in 2012, has been a hit since Berry began streaming it during winter 2013. Two eaglets took their first flights from the nest that spring. ... Egg watch 2014 is on as viewers wait for the first egg. …

Last year, the Nongame Conservation Section documented 171 occupied nesting territories in Georgia. Of these, 129 were successful, fledging 193 eaglets. ... The public is encouraged to report eagle nests at www.georgiawildlife.com/conservation/eaglenest or 478-994-1438.

Dear DNR:

You mean it's OK to hunt bald eagles now?

Panhandle poachers

Also speaking of wildlife is this Jan. 8 email alert from neighborhood watchers in Midland:

Regarding my report on 12/14/2013 about poachers shooting a deer at night in the front yard of a Midland Road neighbor without regard to the game laws or a neighbor's home being in the direct line of fire of the high powered weapon, this occurred last evening:

I am very pleased to announce that last night our area game warden, following reports and information from three different concerned neighbors, apprehended two poachers who had shot two deer last evening and left the bodies where they fell in a neighbor's front yard. ...

Killing just for the sake of killing without regard to the game laws or the safety of those of us who live in this rural region is unacceptable.

My deepest gratitude to our involved, dedicated game warden and those neighbors who did not hesitate to notify the authorities when this crime was being committed.

Terry.

Dear Terry:

Where I'm from, folks don't fear the game warden will get them if they shoot at someone's house.

They fear someone will shoot back.

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.

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