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What are the predators of bald eagles?

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Outside of human beings, bald eagles have very few natural enemies, and adult eagles have no natural predators. Nestlings and eggs are occasionally preyed on by gulls, crows, hawks, owls, other eagles, bobcats, black bears and raccoons.

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What are the predators of bald eagles?
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Since eagle nests are frequently high up in trees and very large, carnivores that are poor climbers rarely have access to the eggs and young, and bald eagles are attentive enough parents to protect their young from harm in most cases. Poor access to food can leave the young vulnerable, however, as parents must hunt longer and farther from the nest to provide for their offspring.

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