Bald eagle numbers in Massachusetts have soared so far in 2020, according to state wildlife officials.
They described the ascension as “a dramatic uptick,” with more than 70 active nests located so far this spring.
Among those nests is the first to have been seen with eggs on Cape Cod in 115 years, according to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, also known as MassWildlife.
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The state said it recently improved the official status of the nation’s most iconic birds from “threatened” to “special concern” within its borders.
While state and federal laws have been established to protect bald eagles from human interference, the birds can fiercely fight for territory with each other and additional airborne predators.
This year also marked the first documented sighting of bald eagles nesting on Martha’s Vineyard, MassWildlife said in a press release — but the eggs in that nest cracked in a battle between the eagle pair and two ospreys…