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A Ferndale fisherman had a close encounter with a bald eagle a few weeks ago.

Bruce Huntley was fishing on Lake Padden near Bellingham with buddy Rick Warren when the eagle swooped down and snatched the fish on his line just 10 feet in front of his boat.

Huntley told the Bellingham Herald that the bird scared the holy bejesus out of him.

Warren had his camera with him and got a couple great shots of the eagle. He told the Herald that getting the shots was a lot better than catching a fish.

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