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Bald eagles, whose numbers Q1. to historic lows in the early 1960s, are again flourishing and no longer need the protections of the Endangered Species Act, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced Thursday.

Here in Florida, bald eagles have Q2. for a decade, multiplying to a statewide population of 1,150 breeding pairs and giving this state, with Minnesota, bragging rights as the top eagle haven in the country.

Q3. Bald eagles, centurions of the wild, seem to have discovered their inner Updike and moved to Florida’s ever-expanding suburbs. They can be found nesting in cellphone towers and raising Q4. near landfills and airport runways, along highways and high up in the pine trees of the state’s upscale developments.

Howard's rationale is simple: treat 'em mean and hope they'll be less keen to try to come to Australia in the first place. No matter that people fleeing persecution have already suffered enough in their home country; no matter that the UN's refugee convention, which the Australian government has signed up to, legally commits Australia (and other signatories) to give refuge to those fearing for their lives at home.

Here, some people see the birds as part Q5. , part amenity — and a thorough blessing.

“We’ll be in our backyard, floating in the pool, and see these beautiful winged creatures flying over us,” said Anne Lubner, an interior decorator who lives in the Grey Oaks subdivision, a gated community in Tarpon Springs

A neighbor, Patti Schuman, said she returned home from dinner with her husband 15 months ago to find a frightened Q6. , with a seven-foot wingspan, cowering by the front door after falling — or being pushed — from its nest. “It Q7. . down in a corner next to a plant” until experts took it back near the nest, Ms. Schuman said.

Property-rights advocates have argued in court that restrictions on the use of eagle-occupied land should be loosened; conservationists have countered that eagles still need buffers against the Q8. of humanity. Mr. Kempthorne’s announcement was timed to meet a deadline stemming from a lawsuit by a Minnesota property owner.

Mr. Kempthorne, speaking in Washington at the Jefferson Memorial with a Q9. bald eagle tethered nearby, promised that “from this point forward, we will work to ensure that the eagle never again needs the protection of the Endangered Species Act.”

Ms. White said she believed that some developers, usually Q10. , of the land-use limitations that accompany an eagle’s nest, now see the bird as a marketing tool. "If that gets the birds more of a conservation area, that’s great," she said.

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