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  • There are so many eagles here.

  • Bald eagles are our national bird, and, for most people in the U.S. they're a rare and magnificent sighting, but, for us, it's just part of our daily lives.

  • Everybody in town has an eagle story.

  • I'm Carlin Enlow.

  • Born and raised in Unalaska.

  • And I am the Unalaska Visitor's Bureau executive director.

  • Even though our island is almost 80 miles long, there are nearly 600 birds in just a few square miles, which is crazy.

  • There's an unnatural amount of birds here because we contribute to their food source.

  • These bald eagles are so amazing, and we love seeing them.

  • But, when they're involved in your daily life, they can make running errands or your work really difficult.

  • Doing something as simple as mailing a letter can be dangerous.

  • I'm officer Wood with the Unalaska Department of Public Safety.

  • Our department put up these signs to warn the community about the dangers of the nesting eagles, which are right next to the post office.

  • Eagles have been known to swoop down and attack people.

  • They're very territorial, and they're just trying to protect their nests.

  • The eagle's nest is right there.

  • And here is the post office.

  • Some people have been hurt during these incidents, but I've also heard some funny stories.

  • I'm Pam Aus, and I run Bingo here at the senior center every other Sunday.

  • I was carrying this box.

  • It had some of my Bingo stuff in it.

  • All of a sudden, a wing hit my head.

  • The talons came down, grabbed the box, and flew down the street, and I never saw my Bingo box again.

  • But, if you wanna see a whole lotta eagles, you go to the landfill.

  • I'm Steve Bastick.

  • I work at the City of Unalaska Landfill.

  • One of my favorite places to be.

  • Also, one of the eagles' favorite places to be.

  • I know that eagles are scavengers and predators, so, they like trash, too.

  • They'll pick at whatever they think might be food.

  • My name is Bob Wilson.

  • I've been fishing out of the Bering Sea and Dutch Harbor for 40 years.

  • Dutch Harbor is one of the largest fishing ports in the world.

  • Every time we pull in, we know the eagles are waiting for us so they can steal our fish as we offload it.

  • Do I think they're pests?

  • Oh, absolutely, but they're cool pests, so, that's okay.

  • They make a mess of my boat, which is kind of the bad part, but they are our national bird and we love them anyway.

  • How's that?

There are so many eagles here.

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The Alaskan Town FULL of Bald Eagles

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    Nina posted on 2020/02/02
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