By: Pat Prescott - Staff Writer
Published: Jun 17, 2021

Bald Eagles Attack Alaskan Workers At Post Office

In Dutch Harbor, Alaska, a pair of bald eagles have been dive bombing patrons at a local post office. According to authorities, one case involved the birds actually drawing blood. For the last two years, the eagles have been nesting on a bluff near the post office and raising there newly hatched chicks.

It is natural for the predatory birds to guard their nests in such a way to protect from other predators in the wild. For the second year in a row they have been trying to chase of humans. Ironic for the post office that uses the eagle’s likness as a logo and on stamps.

Two people were attacked last week, and one of the eagles swooped down on a patron on Monday, Alaska State Wildlife Troopers spokesman Sergeant Robin Morrisett said.

One of the eagles managed to scratch up its victim, said Morrisett, who is based on Unalaska Island. “I guess it actually drew blood,” he said.

Bald eagles have a history of confronting people at the post office and elsewhere on the island, Morrisett said, adding that recently an eagle swooped very close to him before returning to its nest.

“It had a fish in its talons,” he said.

Due to their abundant populations, bald eagles are not listed on the endangered species list. And are not protected under the Endangered Species Act. However, as the national bird of the United States, they are protected under special federal laws.

“It’s extremely difficult, unless there’s clear danger to human life, to move a nest while it’s still occupied,” said Bruce Woods, an Anchorage-based spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

There is not much that residents can do about overly bold bald eagles other than to post warning signs, take steps to avoid the fierce birds and wear hats, Woods said.

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