A YOUNG POISONED EAGLE, ON THE BRINK OF DEATH HAS
MADE A FULL RECOVERY, THANKS TO A GROUP IN NORTH IDAHO.
KXLY 4'S AARON LUNA WAS THERE AS THE 3-YEAR-OLD BIRD
OF PREY RETURNED TO THE SKIES NEAR COEUR D'ALENE.
It's not uncommon to find eagles here at the Kootenai
Employees say they see them all the time.
However last week when one of the employees saw one
that looked injured he did the right; kept people
away and then called in the experts.
USUALLY WHEN FIGHTING CREEK LANDFILL EMPLOYEE ERIC
REIS APPROACHES EAGLES THEY FLY AWAY.
THIS ONE DIDN'T.
And we got within a couple feet of it, so I thought
something's wrong with that eagle, you know,
THE YOUNG BALD MADE A FEW FAILED ATTEMPTS TO GET AIRBORNE
BUT ANOTHER EAGLE STARTED TO ATTACK THE IMMATURE BIRD.
SO REIS CALLED WILDLIFE OFFICIALS.
It really was kinda acting drunk.
It flipped on it's back and then it stooped forward,
WILDLIFE OFFICIALS THEN CALLED IN RAPTOR BIOLOGIST
AND BIRDS OF PREY NORTHWEST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JANIE
It's important that if you handle birds of prey you
have the proper permitting authority to do so and
the property expertise.
These are special patients that are dangerous and
need special treatment,
FINK SAYS THE BIRD SEEMED TO BE ACUTELY POISONED.
POSSIBLY BY A POISONED NUISANCE ANIMAL LIKE A RABBIT
IT TOOK SEVERAL DAYS TO NURSE HIM BACK TO HEALTH.
If you discard an animal that is euthanized and not
properly discarded it can kill an eagle or another
pet or a coyote,
THIS EAGLE WAS FITTED WITH AN ARM BAND FOR TRACKING
HE'S NOT OLD ENOUGH TO HAVE THE COMPLETELY WHITE HEAD
AND YELLOW BEAK YET BUT HE'S SURVIVED THE FIRST YEAR.
ONE OUT OF FOUR EAGLES DON'T.
ASIDE FROM POISONING THE MAIN THREAT TO BIRDS OF PREY
Illegal gunshot, lead poisoning, car collision and
now collision with wind turbines,
THIS 3-YEAR-OLD BALD EAGLE ALREADY A SURVIVOR.
GETS ANOTHER CHANCE TO TAKE TO THE SKIES OF NORTH
Six days ago it was written off dead,
For more information on who to call if you find an
injured bird of prey head over to KXLY.com and click
on the news links tab.
Reporting in Kootenai County Aaron Luna KXLY 4 News.