Bald eagle population strong in N.J.

Thirty years after they were nearly extinct, bald eagles are making a comeback in New Jersey.  Experts attribute this to a ban on the chemical DDT and restoration efforts by the state. There are now 113 nesting pairs in New Jersey.Brian Moscatello is with the Cape May Bird Observatory. He says you can see bald eagles in many parts of the state, “I see them over my house. I live in Cape May County. I’ve seen them at the Cape May Courthouse Acme parking lot. They’re not uncommon up in Bergen County and in Hunterdon and Warren where you have the large reservoirs and so on. It can be an almost everyday occurrence in the right area.”While most of the bald eagle nests are in South Jersey, they are spreading to other parts of the state. Officials anticipate the number of eagles will gradually continue to increase.

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