Rarely seen golden eagle spend winters in area | New Today

An abundance of vast, remote forests make the Appalachian Mountains in Fayette, Westmoreland and surrounding counties home to a wide array of wildlife. Whitetail deer, black bears, coyotes and a number of other bird and mammal species thrive in its dense acreage.

Perched high in the trees, or over a carcass, another rarely-seen feathered creature returns to its winter home in the ridges — the golden eagle.

“People don’t know they’re here mainly because they don’t see them,” said Trish Miller, Ph.D, a wildlife biologist with West Virginia University’s Division of Forestry & Natural Resources.

“They tend to stick to forest areas or ridges, often out of site,” she said.

The large birds of prey are about the same size as a bald eagle,…

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