A 28-year-old Amish farmer in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania is making headlines this week for his shooting of a juvenile bald eagle that was allegedly preying on chickens. Sounds like it could plausibly be a case of mistaken identity and he really did think it was a hawk. Below is a photo of a juvenile bald eagle. I still wonder, though, if there isn’t a better way to ward off raptors than shooting? It would seem that eliminating the troublemaker will simply clear the way for another to take its place. I’m wondering if a scarecrow or something similar would have been more effective? Maybe one of our farmer readers can shed some light. As it is now, we have one national treasure dead and an Amish man facing possible jail time. Click here to read the whole story. It is unlikely, by the way, that such a case of mistaken avian identity would have occurred in an Amish settlement like Holmes County, Ohio. Bird-watching is a widely embraced pastime among Amish there. The hobby enjoys a wide following among Ohio Amish, but not as much in Lancaster County, PA.
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