Wyoming’s increased wind farms is killing more bald eagles


A wildlife biologist who worked for more than 30 years for the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service contends the number of bald eagles killed by wind farms in Wyoming is under-reported. And he’s not alone in making his claim.

It’s particularly worrisome for Mike Lockhart as more wind farms are being planned and constructed across the southern part of Wyoming reported Cowboy State Daily.

How much of a problem is it in Wyoming? In April, NextEra Energy pleaded guilty to violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and was ordered to pay more than $8 million. Duke Energy, which operates a few wind farms in Wyoming, was fined $1 million in 2014 for the deaths of 14 golden eagles; and PacifiCorp received $2.5 million in fines for 38 eagles killed by its turbines.

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