June 19, 2012
Environmental groups claim that bald eagles in the Sonoran Desert, like the juvenile bird shown here, are a distinct subspecies and should be protected as an endangered species, even though the birds were removed from that list several years ago.
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For the third time in six years, two environmental groups are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to get endangered species protection for the Sonoran Desert population of the bald eagle. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Maricopa Audubon Society said this week that they had filed a notice of intent to sue over the status of the desert eagles, which they claim is a distinct subspecies of the larger bald eagle population.