RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A preliminary report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a wind farm proposed for eastern North Carolina could kill up to 20 bald eagles each year.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the estimate is based on only five months of bird counts in Beaufort County. The service wants to collect data for at least a year.
The wind farm has been proposed near the Pocosin Lakes Wildlife Refuge.
Bald eagles are attracted to the area by fish breeding ponds, hog carcass disposals and other readily available food sources.
Invenergy of Chicago has proposed putting 49-turbines in the Pantego Wind Energy Facility. Invenergy vice president David Groberg says the company is committed to the project and is looking at ways to minimize the effect on wildlife.