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UPDATE: Raptor Resource Project accepts Mom Decorah will have to raise eaglets without dad

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DECORAH (KWWL) -

Earlier this week, we told you "Dad Decorah," of the beloved Decorah Eagles Nest, went missing.

The Raptor Resource Project says they still don't know what happened to Dad Decorah, but they now have to accept that Mom Decorah will have to go on without him.  

In a Facebook Post, they say a fight with another unidentified male eagle is the most likely reason for dad's disappearance.

They add, "Given the high density of the surrounding eagle population and number of floaters, or non-breeding adults, intra-species fighting has become a major source of natural mortality for bald eagles."

The Raptor Resource Project says electrocution, car collisions, and other possibilities have not been ruled out.

People have been searching for Dad Decorah since last Thursday. They've even used drones to help with the search. 

The Raptor Resource Project would like to thank everyone who has helped with the search, including the Decorah Fire Department. 

They say given the sheer number of bald eagles, finding Dad Decorah would be the exception, not the rule.

Millions of people from across the country tune in to watch the Decorah eagles, especially this time of year.

In the meantime, we can continue to watch Mom Decorah. So far, she's doing a great job protecting her eaglets alone.

There will be a remembrance of Dad Decorah on the Raptor Resource Project's Facebook page. That will be on Wednesday, May 2nd.

They say they will, "open the page that day so watchers can post memories, poems, stories, and artwork of our beloved Dad."

Click here for the Facebook Page to learn more information. 

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Some heartbreaking news for Decorah eagles fans all around the world.

People are wondering where is the dad eagle. The male eagle of the beloved Decorah eagles nest has been missing for several days.

"He's out of the area; we don't know if he's alive or not," said John Howe, executive director of the Raptor Resource Project.

Last week's winter storm might have been a factor. "The weather came, we had the storm, we had mom and dad taking care of the three young, and then we were missing dad the next day after the storms subsided."

Once staff noticed, they began searching the hatchery area. More than 20 people went out to look, along with the Decorah Fire Department. They used their drone to search in challenging areas.

Some observers happened to spot an unidentified male eagle in the area, who was even flying with the mom. Unfortunately, it's not Dad Decorah.

So the search continues, leaving Mom Decorah to care for her three eaglets all alone. "We're watching a female eagle take care of her three young, and she's been doing it on her own now for four plus days. She's doing a remarkable job," added Howe.

Staff of the Raptor Resource Project will continue to monitor Mom Decorah to see how she is reacting to this new situation. They are hoping for the best, and that Dad Decorah will return to the nest.

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