Bald eagle in Pittsburgh fights raccoon off nest

February 27, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A female bald eagle nesting in a Pittsburgh neighborhood has fought off a raccoon that tried to raid her eggs.

The Wednesday night attack was captured by a live-stream camera of the nest provided by Murrysville-based PixController, which is working with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The video showed the raccoon crawling into the nest at about 11 p.m., and the eagle spreads her wings and attacks, driving the animal off. The 5½-year-old female nesting in the city’s Hays neighborhood along the Monongalia river has laid three eggs. They didn’t appear to be damaged after the attack, and are expected to hatch in late March.

Bald eagle pairs are active on two additional sites in Allegheny County. More than 200 nests have been reported in Pennsylvania.



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