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Bald Eagle spotted near Smithville


A local man photographed a Bald Eagle just outside the Smithville city limits on Short Mountain Highway Thursday morning.


The Bald Eagle, absent for 22 years from the hills of Tennessee, was brought back to the state by a method known as “hacking,” in which eaglets were placed in artificial nests. The birds were released at 12 to 13 weeks old, when their first flight was assured. Captive bred birds, as well as eagles obtained from Alaska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Florida, Minnesota and Canada were used in the process.


According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, although the Bald ...

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