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Oregon Bald Eagles may come off threatened list

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Bald eagle numbers are rebounding in Oregon so strongly the bird could come off the state's list of threatened species.

The federal government took a similar step in 2007.

The national symbol has made a comeback in recent decades largely because the chemical DDT was banned. The pesticide caused bald eagle eggs to be so thin they crumbled during incubation.

The Bend Bulletin reports that the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is meeting Friday to act on a proposal to delist the bald eagle.

A study showed the number of breeding pairs in Oregon has risen over 30 years from 65 in to nearly 500 in 2007 and could double or triple from there.

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