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Bald eagles make apparent comeback in southern Wisconsin

JANESVILLE (AP) -- Bald eagles seem to be making a comeback in southern Wisconsin.

The birds are already common in the north woods. Now residents in the Rock County area say they too are seeing bald eagles more frequently.

Pesticides devastated the eagle population in the early 20th century. But the state Department of Natural Resources says the number of active nests in Wisconsin is growing.

The DNR last counted about 1,140 nests in 2008. That's more than twice the 464 nests found 15 years earlier.

Only a handful of the nests in 2008 were in south-central Wisconsin, including one in Jefferson County. But bird watchers say there are now at least three in that county, and the DNR says it wouldn't be surprised if there were even more nests along the Rock River.

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