And honestly, serves us right. You know something is wrong when nature itself strikes back!
According to Boing Boing, about 200 (!) bald eagles have been dropping trash into the yards of the Seattle suburbia, and as you could imagine, the suburbanites are not happy.
The trash that has been dropped ranges from all kinds of junk found in the landfill nearby to one lucky resident who received a 'blood-filled biohazard container'. The nearby landfill takes in two tons of fresh trash a day.
According to Popular Mechanics:
"The main issue is the open-air landfill in the area, the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill in King County. That landfill was supposed to have been closed years ago, but a proposed expansion has kept it open. In fact, that expansion is meant to keep the landfill exposed until 2040...
"... Many of the residents want the county to cancel the proposed expansion and finally close the landfill. In the meantime, the residents are hoping to implement some sort of anti-eagle measures at the landfill, although it's not entirely clear what those would look like...
... There's something almost poetic about the American national bird reminding people that the trash they throw in a landfill doesn't simply disappear. In a way, these birds are a visceral demonstration of the usually hidden consequences of extreme consumption. We create too much trash, and that much trash creates consequences. That could mean eagles dropping biohazard containers in your front lawn, or it could mean nearly 20 tons of plastic washing up on one of the most remote beaches in the world."
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