ROCK HALL, Md. (AP) — A trail at an Eastern Shore wildlife refuge is closed while officials wait to see if a pair of bald eagles will hatch any young.

If they are successful, the Boxes Point Trail at the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Rock Hall will likely remain closed until June. Officials say they have closed the trail to minimize the threat that the pair might abandon the nest.

Refuge officials say that while bald eagles were removed from the federal endangered species list in 2007, efforts are continuing to protect bald eagle nest sites at the refuge and the bald eagle is still a federally protected species.

Refuge officials say visitors can still view eagles and other wildlife along other trails.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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