Eagle shot in Moses Lake fighting for his life

A bald eagle, shot, dehydrated and poisoned by lead is fighting for its life today. Washington Fish and Wildlife rescued the bird from a field in Moses Lake last Friday.

They first took it to Pioneer Veterinary Clinic in Moses Lake and then on Saturday the bird was taken to Blue Mountain Wildlife in Oregon.

After an exam, blood work, and xrays, the center found that the eagle’s blood lead level was 92.4 micrograms/deciliter, more than four times what is considered to be a toxic level of lead.

Although they did repair the injury from the gunshot wound, they say the lead poisoning is the more serious threat to the bird’s survival. It has already had one round of “de-tox” chemicals– which draw the lead out of the animal.

Rescuers say it will likely need one or two more rounds of treatment to purge all the lead from its system.

They say today the bird is doing “fairly,” it has eaten a little, but does not want to fly and the lead has affected its eyesight.

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