Viewers alarmed when baby eagle dies on webcam

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

PORTLAND, Maine People who watch wildlife webcams get to see amazing things like eagles hatching and bears catching salmon.

But webcam operators also are grappling with the grittier side of nature: Viewers don't want to see any harm come to critters they've grown to love.

Officials caved in to protests last month in Minnesota, attempting to rescue a baby eagle with a broken wing. It was a different story in coastal Maine, where a struggling eaglet died last weekend after wildlife experts let nature take its course, triggering outcry from viewers across the country.

Erynn Call, a raptor specialist with the state of Maine, says webcams shouldn't be used "as a baby monitor" to allow people to intervene when they see something that makes them sad.

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