“He came out of the tree and scared the Holy Bejesus out of me!” That’s how Ferndale, Washington resident Bruce Huntley described the recent fish-theft he experienced. According to his story, a bald eagle left a nearby tree, swooped down less than a foot over his head and stole the fish not 10 feet from his inflatable raft. He estimates the bird had a 6-foot wingspan. The fish theft occurred on Bellingham’s Lake Padden, according to a website called McClatchy.
Apparently, this isn’t a chance encounter. Residents of Bellingham, Wash. say the bird is catching on quick and has been stealing fish from other anglers. - Rick Bach