BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - Nearby neighbors of a bald eagle nest along El Conquistador Parkway in Bradenton are worried.
The nest is atop a construction mound and two of the federally protected animals can be seen sitting on top of the pile, which Medallion Homes Construction is planning to knock down and build into single family homes in the spring next year.
Neighbors say it's sad to see animals potentially pushed out of their habitat for more housing developments.
“They were humongous, beautiful bald eagles. They need to be protected. This needs to stop. We are tearing down their habitat,” said one neighbor.
Another added, "I'm seeing them more often and seeing them on construction equipment and the different mounds. They're obviously living here or nesting here."
ABC7 has reached out to Florida Fish and Wildlife. Officials there say a federal eagle permit has been issued for this site.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requires an eagle permit for activities with the potential to disturb nesting bald eagles, or to remove or “take” a bald eagle nest.
We reached out to the construction company, but have yet to hear back.