A golden eagle lives off exhibit at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
In past years, thousands of golden eagles were killed where sheep are raised, because ranchers thought they preyed on young sheep and goats. Most of the eagles were shot from airplanes. Yet when studies were done, there was no evidence that the eagles attacked sheep or other livestock; instead, it was found that rabbits were the eagles' main food source.
Unfortunately, many golden eagles are still killed by ranchers or by others for their feathers. Dozens of eagles are also killed each year when they land on exposed power lines, are captured in traps set for other animals, or are poisoned by tainted bait or lead shot buried in their prey.
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