Eagle comeback affects Oregon seabird

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NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — The recovery of the bald eagle along the Oregon coast has posed a problem for a seabird called the common murre.

As the bald eagle has made its dramatic comeback from the Endangered Species List, the common murre has vanished from former nesting sites.

The leading theory among biologists is that the seabirds are banding together in fewer places to increase safety in numbers from eagles.

Researchers say it’s a natural phenomenon, and there’s nothing to indicate the number of common murres is declining.

Murres live for about 20 to 25 years.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com