BAYVIEW, Idaho.—The amount of eagles feasting on kokanee salmon in Lake Coeur d’Alene is down for 2013 compared to 2012. The birds headed north to Lake Pend Oreille near Bayview to get their fix it appeared.
People in Bayview said they have never seen so many eagles before.
"And just every couple hundred yards, eagles, eagles, eagles in the trees,” said Bayview resident Cory Larue.
Ralph Jones has lived in Bayview, Idaho for almost 25 years. He said he has never seen so many eagles before 2013.
“Really lost count, but well over 200 eagles,” said Jones.
Bayview is a small town on the southern end of Lake Pend Oreille. The town sees its fair share of eagles each year.
"Gosh, I'd just say 20 times the numbers we would see in the past this time of year,” said Jones.
A Bureau of Land Management biologist attributes the decline on Lake Coeur d’Alene and the increase on Pend Oreille to kokanee spawn there that keeps getting better and better each year.
Jones said the kokanee spawn on Pend Oreille is on the up and up.
"I guess if anything it's because of easy pickings. Living in a postcard. That's what I feel like, yeah,” said Jones.
Late December is the perfect time to come view the birds, according to residents.