SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A wind energy farm in Northern California could become the first in the nation to agree to protect golden eagles under a conservation plan being worked out with federal officials.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a draft of the plan for the 100-megawatt Shiloh IV wind farm in Solano County on Thursday. It would allow the farm's 50 wind turbines near Rio Vista to kill up to five golden eagles over a period of five years.
In exchange, the wind farm company would modify power lines elsewhere to prevent the electrocution of golden eagles.
Officials say overall, the plan would help preserve the birds. It is now open to a 45-day public comment period.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Assistant Regional Director Eric Davis says the plan shows the wildlife service can work with the wind industry.
The Associated Press