PORTLAND, Maine — Wildlife officials are defending their decision not to intervene before an eaglet featured on a webcam died.

Viewers across the country called and emailed wildlife officials asking them to step in when it seemed that the parents had abandoned the pair of baby bald eagles in a coastal Maine nest. One of the eaglets died over the weekend.

It’s also the state’s policy not to intervene, she added.

On Wednesday, the webcam showed the survivor getting a meal of a bird that was shredded by an adult eagle. The eaglet squawked loudly as it snapped up the meal.

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The webcam is operated by the Biodiversity Research Institute, which also defended the decision to let nature takes its course.

“The general view is not to intervene,” said Patrick Keenan, outreach director. “These are wildlife. They’re not pets. They’re generally better off in their natural surroundings.”