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SARDIS, Miss. (FOX13) -

Once common across much of North America, the Bald Eagle underwent a dramatic decline through the 1960s as a result of intense hunting, habitat loss, and poisoning by pesticides, notably DDT.
    
Although still facing threats from human development, and other dangers, the bald eagle is showing an impressive recovery.

Bald eagles have now been spotted across the Mississippi River in Arkansas around Horseshoe Lake, the first bald eagles to be seen this close to Memphis in more than 50 years.

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Eagles have been seen near Sardis Lake about an hour south of Memphis. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks says there are between 10-20 bald eagles that spend the winter on Sardis Lake, not many when you look at the number of bald eagles now being spotted in other parts of the country.

At Horseshoe Lake it has been years since the majestic bald eagle has been seen.

There is just something about our national bird that does something to you when you see one.

Seeing a bald eagle in the Mid-South is not unheard of but it is rare and nobody has reported seeing one close to Memphis in recent years, until now.

Thomas Low says he was fishing when he heard a limb fall and looked up.

"I guess the bald eagle had been on that limb and when I looked up, the limb was falling and the eagle was making a circle and I said, 'Lord have mercy! That's a bald eagle!,'" he said.

It was the first one Low had ever seen but after that he has seen several bald eagles around Horseshoe Lake.

Low is not alone in his eagle sightings. More and more people around Horseshoe Lake have seen them.

Terri Fesperman says she has seen the eagles at Kamp Karefree.

"A house next to it and up in the trees," she said. "They're not always there but I've seen them there several times."

Fesperman noticed the eagles are big, fly around the lake then come right back.

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