Maine governor to sign eagle delisting bill

Posted May 26, 2009, at 11:04 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. John Baldacci is signing legislation to remove the bird that symbolizes America from the state’s list of endangered and threatened species.

The ceremonial signing that comes amid a rebound in bald eagle populations in Maine and across the nation is being held Tuesday in Augusta’s Capitol Park.

The federal government took the eagle off its endangered list in 2007. The state’s bill was designed to bring Maine law into sync with federal policy.

State and federal law first recognized the bald eagle as an endangered species in Maine and 42 other states in 1978. It was reclassified as a threatened species in 1995.

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