State Votes to Remove Bald Eagles From Threatened List

State wildlife commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to remove bald eagles from Florida's list of animals in danger of extinction.

The eagle remains protected under three federal laws.

The commissioners upgraded the statuses of the Panama City crawfish and gopher tortoise to threatened species.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted 7-0 to strip bald eagles of their threatened classification because their population has grown over the past few decades.

Florida's three-tiered system includes classifications of endangered, threatened and special concern, the lowest level. The decisions won't go into effect until management plans are approved for each species, which could take more than a year.