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Continuedfrom page 1 ing at. The hunters in the area are very upset about this. It's giving hunters a bad name." It is not uncommon for the dairy cows, who are so comfortable with people, to curiously prance toward slowed or stopped vehicles along the road that runs parallel to their pasture, and stop only when they reach the fence. rhey're very trusting animals, so the per- petrators, said Hopkins, "probably aren't even leaving the roadway." Green Acres Farm, Inc. with its approximately 1,000 acres, is home to nearly 1,000 dairy cows. Each cow is worth $1,500 said Hopkins, and some of those who died were pregnant. In fact, those who were injured in November had both recently been impregnat- ed. The Hopkinses are offering a Dairy cows are by nature gentle and trusting animals. They made easy targets for the perpetrators who have been shoot. ing and killing them with bows and arrows as well as gun- shot. $300 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsi- ble for the malmings and killings. "I have no leads," said Hopkins, although he said that since word got into the community, many have offered to help him. Ac- cording to Delaware State Police Spokesman Cpl. Preston Lewis, police are investigating a lead that put a white, older model Chevro- let car with a loud muffler in the vicinity of the farm when some of the incidents occurred. Anyone with additional information should call Troop 7 at 856-5480. " Eagle Continued from page 1 tone, meaning it was not starving and had probably died quickly, she said. The absence of Obvious injury made wildlife officials sus- pect a possible poisoning. The ea- gle is being tested at the USGS- Biological Resources Division's .National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin. The center is examining multi- pie tissues and is doing bacteria cultures and testing for avian bot- ulism. But tests have thus far de- termined that the bird did not die from the same cause as a poisoned eagle found earlier this year, ac- cording to test results sent to Delaware on Dec. 30. That previous eagle, which was found west of Dover, had a brain cholinesterase level which indi- cated it had died from high levels of agricultural toxins like pesti- cide (no arrests have been made, but the poisoning is believed to be intentional). Tests by the Madison, WI labo- ratory on the more recent eagle death found no sign of lead poi- soning and the brain cholinesterase results were within normal limits. That does not rule out poisoning and fish and wildlife biologist Tom Whitten- dale says poisoning may still have been the cause. It's-an "open book," Whittendale said. In the meantime, testing contin- ues on the eagle to find a defini- tive cause. Intentionally killing an eagle carries harsh criminal and civil penalties. Killing the birds is considered a misdemeanor for a first offense, with a penalty of a fine of up to $I00,000 and up to one year in jail. A second offense carries up to a two year penalty with a quarter million dollar fine possible. "There are still people who shoot eagles," Gelvin-Innvaer sighed. But despite the eagle's death, most of the news for Delaware ea- gles is good. Delaware's annual wiilter survey of the birds was oc- curing on both Jan. 2 and 3. The number of eagle nests'has slowly risen over the past decade and the birds are doing better, although their numbers .remain low. The mid-winter survey can be misleading because bad weather can cause eagle populations to shift, meaning bad weather in northern states may cause a sud- den influx of eagles. But the sur- vey is a good early season indica- tor of how eagles which nest in Delaware are doing, according to Gelvin-Innvaer. The number of nesting birds is doing better, she said. Fortunately for the birds, most people like to have eagles around. That means most landowners have been willing to work with state and federal au- thorities to protect nest sites and habitat areas. That's important because most of the regulations protecting eagle habitat are voluntary. That means that if someone wants to build a house next to an eagle's nest, there isn't much the law can do to stop them. But Gelvin-Innvaer said most people are willing to work with them to minimize disturbance. Poisoning may get people's atten- tion, but habitat loss is probably the biggest problem for eagles. So maintaining a buffer, not making eye contact [considered threaten- ing by many animals) and gener- ally keeping a little distance be- tween people and eagles is help- ful, she said. The efforts seem to have borne fruit. Last year, there were 15 oc- cupied nests in Delaware. Ten nests produced eaglets and 17 chicks reached banding age. In 1995, twelve chicks reached band- ing age. In 1993, nine chicks reached banding age, but in 1978 there was not a single successful nest or banding age chick. "People really like to have ea- gles around," she said, although she knows the eagles still face an uphill climb. "Disturbance and encroachment by human development are seri- ous, growing threats to essential habitats for bald eagles in Delaware. Nest sites on privately owned lands are particularly at risk. One thing the public can do to help eagles is to report them to Gelvin-Innvaer. People who spot immature or adult bald or golden eagles are urged to call the Divi- sion at 302-653-2882. t Michelle Soign6e Salon, we'll help you reveal your bestl You'll be greeted by a staff of licensed professionals woddng with state of the art equipment under the supervision of a board certified dermatologist. .. 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At the time of denial, Adjustment Board chairman Harvey Cupp said he felt a change of zoning would be a more appropriate course of action for the project. The city's Commercial Archi- tecture Review Commission re- viewed plans for the 36,000 square foot facility designed to accommodate a new and en- larged Edgehill Ph .armacy on the first floor and two floors of med- ical offices above. Plans were modified to accommodate aes- thetic concerns expressed by Commercial Architecture Com- mission members - related pri- marily to having the exterior fit in with the more historic style of several surrounding buildings. Plans also call for construction of a two level parking deck be- hind the building. The facility, according to plans, would have faces on Savannah Road and on the Beebe MedicalbCenter en- tranceway serving that facility's Tunnell Cancer Center and park- ing garage. No decision will be made on the request at the hearing. 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