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The Bald Eagle as an Endangered Species The bald eagle is the most famous known endangered species because it is the country's symbol. It is suppose to stand for liberty and the American way, but if we allow the bald eagle to eventually become extinct how can we let something that doesn't exist anymore endure for liberty and the American way. Being the sign of the country, the bald eagle was placed on the endangered species set faster than all species. After the bald eagle reached its low point at the 1960's (400 pairs), it was placed on the endangered species listing. The many federal acts or applications, the "Endangered Species Act" being the most effective, that were made for the bald eagle demonstrate how far the government cares about the symbol of the state. There are four big reasons why the bald eagle is an endangered species. The first reason why the bald eagle became an endangered species is the pesticide DDT. This pesticide is a major reason since the pesticide did not really impact the eagles who absorbed the pesticide, but the pesticide produced the shells of their eggs too tender. Since the cubes were soft that the eggs couldn't make it until they were ready to be hatched. Graham Jr., the author of this article "Winged Victory," states the species continued a steady drop to the 1950's, when its extirpation south of Canada came near reality. Protective laws were by then no help. Evidence began to build that DDT and other long-lived weeds, made accessible to the public after World War II, were draining from heavily sprayed farms and forests and contaminating aquatic food chains. Living at the top of these food chains, bald eagles gathered the toxins in their tissues. (2) Graham makes the point that the that the pesticide DDT is a motive behind the bald eagle getting an endangered species by simply expressing the fact that the pesticide DDT affects the eggs of their eagles. As it affects the eggs, the people of these eagles suffer, and the bald eagle gets closer to getting endangered species. "The bald eagle came dangerously near extinction from eating fish which had been contested using the pesticide DDT. The birds that did not die immediately after ingestion the either couldn't reproduce or the shells of the eggs it put were so thin that the infants couldn't endure" (Cessina B. Cornella 51). Cornella targets the point that sometimes...