Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
Letter to the Editor
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
I was appalled after reading The Associated Press news story “Eagle victims of wind farms get justice” (Nov. 24 and TribLIVE.com) that a company can apply for a permit to kill a bald eagle.
A symbol of the USA and the only eagle unique to North America, the bald eagle is a symbol of freedom; it appears on the presidential seal and the classic American quarter.
As reported in the story, at least 67 bald and golden eagles have been killed by wind turbines since 2008.
Now the Fish and Wildlife Service has announced, with the approval of the Obama administration, that it is issuing a “take permit” for “recurring eagle mortalities” to companies operating wind farms. The permit defines “take” as “pursue, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill, capture, trap, collect, destroy, molest, or disturb ... .”
And “disturb” is further defined as “to agitate or bother a bald or golden eagle to a degree that causes ... injury,” “a decrease in its productivity” or “nest abandonment.”
This is just another example of how far the Obama administration will go to “fundamentally change” to appease its political base.
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