The research represents one of the first tallies of eagle deaths attributed to the nation's growing wind energy industry. A total of 85 eagles were killed at wind farms since 1997, the study concludes, but most of those occurred in 2008-2012. Most deaths — 79 — were golden eagles.
While the birds are protected by federal law, the Obama administration has yet to file criminal charges against a wind energy company for killing any eagles.
A trade group, the American Wind Energy Association, said the figure was lower than other causes of eagle deaths.
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