2 baby bald eagles die in Arizona tribal land fire

Phoenix, Arizona (AP) April 2012

Arizona Game and Fish Department officials say two baby bald eagles are dead after their nest burned in a fire on the Gila River Indian Reservation.

The nest was on the Pee Posh Wetlands in southwest Phoenix near 91st Avenue and Baseline Road.

Game and Fish officials say the fire occurred on April 10. Biologists immediately went to offer assistance, but the eaglets had already died.

Game and Fish is responsible for monitoring nests and has cooperative agreements with tribes to help the bald eagle populations on tribal lands.

The Arizona Republic says the two 10-week-old eaglets were about one week away from flying.

An investigation hasn’t been initiated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement at this time. The federal agency has jurisdiction over endanger and threatened species.