COMOX, B.C- Proper channels were followed when a tree with an eagle’s nest was chopped down recently in Comox.

Listener tips to the newsroom indicated that the tree, located along the edge of Comox at 1836 Guthrie Road, was cut down in recent days. It had been known to have an eagle’s nest, which prompted concern from residents who saw what had happened.

According to the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, the tree was known to be unhealthy. Ministry staff inspected the tree, and found it had died.

“An eagle’s nest was also in the tree,” read a statement from the ministry.

“The tree was located near a public road, creating a safety hazard. Public safety is government’s primary concern; as a result, a permit was issued to remove the tree.”

The tree’s removal was timed to ensure it didn’t interfere with the eagle breeding season, which the ministry stated begins in late January.

The newsroom has reached out to the ministry about possible plans to help re-locate eagles who try to return to the tree.