Every spring, Unalaska goes from fishing hub to war zone thanks to an unlikely enemy. Nesting eagles pose a danger in the community of roughly 4,000 people that's better known for the reality TV show "The Deadliest Catch."
The aggressive nesting behavior of the 600-plus eagles swooping, circling and screeching above the island causes locals to keep a watchful eye toward the heavens. Health officials said aggressive behavior is the cause of a "handful" of bloody casualties each season.
Iliuliuk Family and Health Services Executive Director Eileen Scott said most attack victims need about six stitches, usually to their heads.
And you thought Dutch Harbor would be boring during fishing season! Srsly, this is a major problem. When I spent two years on Adak Island in the Aleutians (Unalaska is part of that chain, but much much closer to the mainland), we had the largest single gathering of bald eagles in the State - and that's saying something. Thousands of baldies, just waiting for a piece of trash, a scrap of food, a salmon. or all of the above.