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Dec 23, 2012 1:05 PM by Matt Stafford

Eagle lured to Denver's City Park

DENVER (AP) - Efforts by Denver city parks managers to lure avian predators back into the city appear to be paying off with at least one wild bald eagle confirmed to be hunting in City Park.

The Denver Post reports Sunday that park managers have been erecting "raptor" poles around eastern Denver. The idea is to lure the avian predators to hunt prairie dogs, which have proliferated in urban parks. Park officials believe the eagle is hunting geese.

A large male has been documented in the 333-acre park east of downtown at least three times since Thanksgiving. It is believed to have flown from the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, at the north edge of Denver, where 42 bald eagles nest in cottonwoods around a former chemical- weapons and pesticides plant.

The bald eagle in the attached photo is not the one that's been spotted in Denver's City Park.

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