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    Many wildlife experts say avian influenza could be a contributing factor into the deaths of bald eagles in British Columbia. The highly contagious avian flu is affecting more than just agricultural birds like chickens and roosters. 

    Caeley Thacker is a wildlife veterinarian with the B.C. The Ministry of Forests says an inter-agency is making efforts to help the bald eagle population. It is a joint effort with Environment Canada and the Ministry of Agriculture. The province will collect data and find out what is causing low nest success as there are fewer chicks hatching this year. 

    Thacker explained “they have 22 active nests that they’re monitoring, and at this time, only five are still active, … The report from last year was about half of the nests monitored were active, so it’s lower this year.”

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