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Bald eagle breeding season in Arizona means restrictions in some areas

A nesting pair of bald eagles
Arizona Game and Fish Department
A nesting pair of bald eagles.

It’s bald eagle breeding season in Arizona, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department has placed restrictions on certain wildlife areas.

Recreationists, aircraft pilots, drone users and motorized paragliders are encouraged to not disturb the breeding areas.

Kenneth Jacobson is the raptor management coordinator with the Game and Fish Department.

“Whether there’s a closure or not, if they’re doing something that’s causing bald eagle disturbance, they could be in violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, which would be a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regulation and citation that they’d be facing," he said.

To protect these birds, closures will occur at various locations, including the Verde River and Salt River.

The public can seek out more information about restrictions through each specific area’s ranger district.

Ignacio Ventura is a reporter for KJZZ. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in news media and society.