Officials close part of Prescott National Forest to protect nesting bald eagles

By Ignacio Ventura
Published: Saturday, February 25, 2023 - 12:39pm

Baby and adult bald eagles nesting in Canada
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Bald eagles nesting in Canada’s Yukon territory

Anyone looking to explore the Prescott National Forest needs to know about the current guidelines enforced to protect bald eagles. Visitors cannot access John’s Tank Trail located to the east of Lynx Lake.

Francisco Anaya is the forest biologist.

“It’s just to protect the eagle from disturbance and trying to give them some space, putting a buffer around the nest so that they’re not being harassed by human activity,” he said.

Forest officials said the closure is critical to the protection of eggs and hatchlings. The guidelines are followed in accordance with the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

Those who do not follow the rules are subject to fines and other legal action.


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