Eagle fight draws a crowd

MOUNT DESERT — Multiple witnesses called police to report two bald eagles fighting near the marina in Northeast Harbor the afternoon of March 20.

When police arrived, one eagle appeared injured on the grass while the second eagle continued to attack it. A third eagle observed from the sky. Police kept watch until game warden Eric Rudolf arrived. Just as Rudolf arrived, the third eagle flew down, and all three eagles scattered.

According to Rudolf, the eagles were fighting over territory. “It’s very common this time of year,” he said.

Rudolf said he rarely gets involved, but has on occasion separated eagles when they get stuck together by the talons. For this he wears protective gloves that extend to the elbows.

Rudolf recommends the public to keep their distance and “let nature take its course” when witnessing eagles fight.

The Maine Warden Service is available to help in the case of injury or obstruction of traffic.

“When in doubt, call,” he said.

Becky Pritchard
Former Islander reporter Becky Pritchard covered the town of Bar Harbor and was a park ranger in Acadia for six seasons.
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