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Why is it necessary to close the Wildcat Mountain Trail for Eagle Nesting?
Golden Eagles are sensitive to human disturbances. Human disturbances can affect normal nesting and rearing behavior and result in:
- Agitation behavior (displacement, avoidance, and defense)
- Increased vigilance at nest site (affecting feeding of their young)
- Change in forage and feeding behaviors
- Nestlings falling out or trying to fly too early due to human disturbance
- Nest site abandonment