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What eats bald eagles?

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Adult bald eagles sit at the top of the food chain and have no natural predators. Bald eagle eggs, on the other hand, can become damaged by animals such as raccoons and crows, which can expose the eggs to bacteria and prevent them from hatching. Humans are the primary unnatural predators of bald eagles and pose more of a risk to them than anything else on Earth.

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Habitat destruction, poaching and poisoning from lead shot and an insecticide called DDT pose a great threat to the bald eagle population. Many bald eagles fall victim to electrocution from power lines and are also killed as a result of ingesting secondary poisons used by sheep farmers that were originally intended for use against coyotes.

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