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Eagles' nest could affect proposed Findlay distribution center

FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Jobs Ohio announced Tuesday more than 425 jobs are coming to Findlay.

The McLane company plans to open a new distribution center in the city, but not everyone is happy about it.

It's no secret that more than 400 new jobs is great news for a city, but some folks say there's one group being negatively affected; the wildlife.

A now empty field off Route 212 will be the site of a new food distribution center. The center will be owned by the McLane company, a grocery supplier for drug stores and chain restaurants across Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

But according to Danielle Hale, the land where McLane hopes to build is already taken.

"A lot of people don't see the bald eagle's nest, so I immediately started contacting people," said Hale.

Hale says among the trees bordering the lot, she spotted this nest. Shortly after, she saw two very protective parents.

"They have this weird squawk that they do. I think they were just kind of wondering what I was, who I was, if I was a threat," said Hale.

Leaders in Findlay say they've never received reports of a bald eagles nest in that area from Hancock County Parks and Natural Resources.

John Windau with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says bald eagles have rebounded so much, they are no longer listed as threatened or endangered in the state. However, it's still against the law to injure the birds, or move their nests.

"The distribution center is great. I mean, we need more jobs and higher-paying jobs around here. The worst part is, you have to balance nature with industrial," said Hale.

It's unclear at this time whether or not the possible eagle's nest will affect plans to build.

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