Along with many around the world, and particularly here in Big Bear I am deeply saddened by the loss of Cookie.
The weather was admittedly terrible, but I’m left wondering if the biologists considered the forecast before they raided the nest to band the eaglets? What more do they really need to learn and at what cost?
The tragic loss seems too coincidental, and the biologists are far too quick to dismiss their potential role in what happened.
Consider that one day before Cookie’s loss he was removed from the nest, placed in a bag, lowered to the ground, examined, banded and then hoisted back up to the nest. Imagine the stress and anxiety he and his brother experienced. Could this have weakened him even further prior to the bad weather?
Maybe next year they could just leave them well enough alone.