Does Alaska have more bald eagles than any other animal?



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    No, it does not.  Bald eagles are the top predators in their food chains.  Here is how food chains work:

    In other words, eagles are tertiary consumers.  Every trophic level contains more and more individuals, with the least amount at the top.  That’s why it’s in a pyramid shape. Below is a sample of a small food chain for bald eagles.

    In this example, the plant is the producer, the worm is the primary consumer, the turtle is the secondary consumer, and the bald eagle is the tertiary consumer.  There are more worms than turtles and more turtles than bald eagles.

    Because bald eagles are tertiary consumers, they will never be the most abundant animal in any environment, including Alaska.  There wouldn’t be enough for them to eat if there weren’t more of other animals.

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    It would also make sense to ask: does Alaska have more bald eagles than any other region?

    In this case, Alaska is home to approximately half of the entire bald eagle population (35,000 out of 70,000), and the state provides more breeding ground than the rest of the continental U.S. Another 20,000 birds live in British Columbia–so even though the bird has been removed from the endangered species list, only about 15,000 birds live in the lower-48. Some conservationists believe that the population in this southern range still merits protection and a more critical status.

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