Prescott Forest Restrictions Aim To Help Nesting Bald Eagles

By Jill Ryan
The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 8:51am
Updated: Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 5:47pm
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Part of Lynx Lake will be closed starting next month to provide protection to nesting bald eagles, according to Prescott National Forest officials.

They said Wednesday that closure restrictions on the east side of the lake including the John’s Tank Trail will be in place beginning Dec. 1.

The trail will be closed to public entry from the lake over to the Salida Gulch trail through next June.

Forest officials said the federally protected birds are getting ready to begin another breeding attempt this season.

According to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, the trail is too close to the new nest location to remain open for the breeding season. But the trail around the edge of Lynx Lake will remain open to hiking as it is not near or visible from new nest location.

Forest officials said bald eagles have used Lynx Lake as a nesting site for the last 12 years.

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