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Zoo staff search for missing bald eagle

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From : Houston Chronicle

Zoo staff search for missing bald eagle
2008 The Associated Press
Oct. 10, 2008, 4:33PM

BROWNSVILLE, Texas A bald eagle has escaped from a South Texas zoo's aviary.

It was last seen about two blocks from the zoo Thursday, when it disappeared over a rooftop.

Blind in one eye, with an old injury to its left wing, Gladys Porter Zoo officials said the bird can fly short distances but it can't survive on its own.

The eagle's impaired vision make it unable to judge distances well and zoo staff fear it might be hit by a car if it is not quickly found.

The female bird is about 3 feet tall and weighs 10 pounds. It has a white head and tail, a dark chocolate brown body and yellowish beak.

Zoo officials are asking for help in finding and returning the eagle to their aviary, where it has lived since 2005.

The Florida Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in 2005 determined that the eagle was an unlikely candidate for release after it was admitted for treatment. They sent the bird to the zoo.

"We're not exactly sure where it is," zoo spokeswoman Cynthia Garza Galvan told the Brownsville Herald for its Friday online editions.

She said that the eagle is on a feeding schedule so they had hoped it would return when it got hungry but it hasn't yet.

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Young Cougar Shot Dead by Police in Saskatoon

Wildlife NewsYoung cougar shot dead by police in Saskatoon

Updated Wed. Oct. 8 2008 8:57 AM ET

The Canadian Press

SASKATOON -- A cougar that was shot and killed in Saskatoon was wearing a tracking collar from South Dakota State University.

Scientists at the university say the collar was put on the cougar about a year ago, and they were surprised the cat travelled so far in a short time. The distance to Saskatoon from Brookings, S.D., where the university is located, is more than 1,100 kilometres.

Police shot the cougar three times Tuesday in a backyard in southwest Saskatoon.

The shooting happened in John Rutherford's yard. He's upset that the cougar was killed, saying it wasn't threatening anyone.

"I was hoping that they would tranquilize it. But they said it takes too long, maybe five minutes, and the cat goes wild...then I asked about netting and he said, 'we're not prepared for that kind of thing,"' Rutherford said as he cleaned up the cougar's blood.

Gary Provencher of Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management says tranquilizer darts don't always work effectively and authorities didn't want to take a chance with people's safety.

"Although the animal wasn't threatening when it was first observed, it was deemed that it could, if tranquilized, you know, get up and wander around or be unsafe to the public in that area," Provencher said, adding a children's daycare was within a block of the house. ... hub=Canada

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Bald Eagle Found Dead Near Mequon Nest

From: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Milwaukee,WI,USA

MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2008, 9:28 a.m.
By Don Behm

Bald eagle found dead near Mequon nest

Mequon - An adult bald eagle, one in the first pair to nest in the Milwaukee metropolitan area in more than 100 years, was found dead Sunday afternoon less than 20 feet from its nesting tree on the Lake Michigan shoreline.

The eagle will be taken to a state wildlife health laboratory in Madison today for a necropsy, said Owen Boyle, regional ecologist with the state Department of Natural Resources in Milwaukee. The bird will be checked for wounds, and blood and tissue samples will be tested for toxins, Boyle said.

A representative of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust found the eagle on trust property about 1.5 miles north of the Milwaukee County border, Boyle said. The person reported there were no obvious signs of a gunshot or other trauma.

Neighboring property owners said both adult eagles had been seen flying together late last week, so the bird's death was recent, Boyle said. Boyle planned to collect the bird from the land trust this morning. The gender of the bird has not been determined yet, he said.

The pair of eagles successfully hatched a single eaglet in 2007 and this year.

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Avian Pox Found in B.C. Birds

Wildlife News

David Hancock received the following announcement and request for assistance recently. I am posting it at his request.

Hi all,

A request - we've had two reports of avian pox outbreaks in crows (lower mainland) and bald eagles ( Queen Charlottes).

I'm interested to know:

Are these going to spread - within the species - to other species or - geographically.
Could you please put out the word that we are interested to know of lumpy lesions on birds and if anyone finds an affected bird, please photograph it
IF IT IS DEAD - photograph and freeze it - there is a researcher interested in extracting the virus - I can arrange shipment

Any information should be directed to

Helen M. Schwantje DVM, M.Sc.
Wildlife Veterinarian
Ecosystems Br., Ministry of Environment
PO Box 9338, Stn Prov Govt
2975 Jutland Road, Victoria, BC
Canada V8W 9M1

phone: 250-953-4285
fax: 250-356-9145
cell: 250-361-7619

Photos of affected birds can be see here:

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Webcam Awaits the Return of Bald Eagles

Wildlife NewsBy Dylan Darling Record Searchlight
Sunday, October 5, 2008

Last year they used a plastic cone to try to keep a pair of bald eagles out of their nest.

But this year the nest will be wide open and there will be a Web camera watching over the majestic duo.

Sometime mid-month the California Department of Transportation plans to have contract workers scale a cottonwood stand near Turtle Bay to reach the nest and install the camera, said Tom Balkow, senior environmental planner in Caltrans' Redding office.

"We don't want to be monkeying around with it when the eagles are trying to nest," he said.

The eagles are expected to return to the area between mid-month and the end of the year.

Last November workers wired a 3-foot cone into the nest to deter the pair from making a home there because of pending construction on Highway 44's Sacramento River bridge nearby. The cone came down 35 days later after the birds made it clear they didn't want another nest and a group of eagle fans prevailed upon Caltrans remove it.

Despite the bridge construction that started in April, the eagles raised a pair of eaglets that fledged in June.


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