Homer adopts ordinance to prevent feeding of eagles

HOMER, Alaska (AP) - Hundreds of bald eagles that gather at the Homer spit each winter for handouts won't be so lucky now that the city council has passed an ordinance barring the feeding of eagles.

The city council adopted the ordinance on Monday. It passed on a 4-2 vote.

Homer acted one month after the state Board of Game declined to regulate the practice of eagle feeding. The state regulators said the problems were local and the jurisdiction federal.

The new law bars deliberate feeding of eagles, ravens, crows and gulls beginning next winter. It provides an exception for 82-year-old Jean Keene, the famous "Eagle Lady" who has been feeding eagles on the Spit for 25 years. But even Keene's program must end by 2010, the City Council ruled.

The rest of the story in the Anchorage Daily News.

Photo by Kaz Takahashi