Dec 17, 2013 8:51 PM by Juice Godfrey
SARATOGA, Wyo. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is talking to people in south-central Wyoming about how what could become the largest wind farm in the U.S. could kill large numbers of eagles in their rural region.
Bald and golden eagles are abundant in and around the Sierra Madre Mountains. Federal officials say the 1,000-turbine Chokecherry/Sierra Madre wind farm in the mountains' northern foothills could kill between 46 and 64 eagles every year.
The Power Company of Wyoming LLC plans to build the wind farm over four to five years. The wind farm would generate enough electricity to power up to 1 million homes.
The Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public input on issuing an eagle take permit that would seek to reduce and offset the eagle deaths.