The recent news about the numerous cases of eagle deaths in your state prompted me to offer a possible answer to your question about why they are dying so rapidly ("4 bald eagles being treated as death toll hits 16," Tribune, Dec. 26).
We have a similar quandary here in the Pacific Northwest, but it is our condors who have been dying off. The problem is our hunters who use lead bullets to kill game. After the carcasses are left to the scavengers, the bullets remain in the flesh of the dead animals to be ingested in the scavengers. Our condors have been dying of lead poisoning!
Could it be that your eagles are also being similarly poisoned? Our solution is to ban lead bullets.