The Idaho Transportation Department just sent out a news release saying that the Idaho State Police will issue citations to motorists who interfere with traffic along Idaho 97 when watching migrating bald eagles. The birds gather every year near Coeur d'Alene Lake, drawing hundreds of human fans to watch them, and create havoc with road conditions.
Parking areas and pullouts are available on a limited basis along Idaho 97 on the eastern shore of the lake where bird watchers can safely pull off the highway. Motorists have been stopping and blocking traffic, which has prompted the state police to step up traffic patrols and issue citations. Inattentive drivers and cars suddenly stopping create a serious safety issue on the highway.
Anyone wishing to view the bald eagles should use designated parking areas, such as Higgins Point, or identified pullout areas. And slow down and pay attention when travelling around the lake.