State lifts bald eagle restrictions on Lake Pleasant
Staff Report~ 4/2/2014
The Arizona Game and Fish Department and its partners of the Southwestern Bald Eagle Management Committee have lifted the water traffic closure on Lake Pleasant that facilitates the bald eagle breeding season each year.
Officials said that the closure was removed at noon on April 1 because the bald eagles in the area failed to produce young and will not breed this late in the spring.
Most other previously announced closures remain in effect because bald eagle breeding activities are still continuing in those areas.
Officials encouraged members of the public to contact their local land management agency to ensure the area they are visiting is open for recreational use.
Each year, land and wildlife management agencies close bald eagle breeding areas for part of the year, beginning in December, to help the birds successfully breed.
Bald eagles are particularly sensitive to human disturbance during the breeding season and public cooperation with the closures is an important part of helping to conserve the species, according to the AGFD. Human activity near active bald eagle nests can cause a breeding pair to leave its eggs uncovered, leading to a failed breeding attempt. Human presence can also cause a young bird to prematurely try to fly and fall out of the nest.