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Golden Eagle Euthanized After Leg Caught in Steel Trap

From Billings Gazette (Montana)
By The Associated Press

MISSOULA -- A golden eagle caught in a steel leg trap near Missoula suffered an irreparable leg injury and was euthanized, state wildlife officials said.

Jeff Darrah, warden captain with the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department, said it isn't clear where the trap was set, but it was illegal for several reasons.

The eagle apparently carried the 3-pound trap for several days over an unknown distance before it was found in a grove of trees in Clinton Friday afternoon.

Darrah took the bird to Kate Davis, executive director of Raptors of the Rockies, a wild bird education organization in Florence. The bird was a healthy adult male weighing about 8 pounds, but its leg was injured beyond repair by the weight of the trap. Davis consulted with a veterinarian and a raptor rehabilitation specialist before euthanizing the bird Saturday.

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The Bird Treatment and Learning Center, Anchorage, Alaska

Wildlife News

The Bird Treatment and Learning Centre in Anchorage, Alaska, took 30 of the bald eagles from the mishap at Ocean Beauty Seafood in Kodiak (see previous articles for details).

 The unexpected flood of eagles is increasing their expenses drastically and they need your help. 

 The following is important contact information from the Center's website :

 Please bring your salmon or cash donation to

Bird Treatment and Learning Center
6132 Nielson Way
Anchorage, Alaska 99518

Or call our office with your credit card donation


Thank you in advanced for your help!

To see daily updates on the eagles (including pictures), please visit The Bird Treatment and Learning Center here:

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Eagle Corridor Through the Rockies!

Conservation & PreservationRocky Mountain Eagle Research FoundationMission - To increase knowledge of Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle and other raptor migrations in Western Canada. What is the "Eagle Highway?"

On March 20 1992, Peter Sherrington and Des Allen were conducting a general bird survey in the Kananaskis Valley near Mount Lorette. Late in the morning Peter observed an adult Golden Eagle soaring high above the valley to the east of Mount Lorette. A short time after they saw two adults soaring over the mountain. These two birds were quickly joined by a third. All three moved off to the northwest, to be replaced a few minutes later by more birds moving from the southeast. By the end of the day Peter and Des had counted over 100 Golden Eagles migrating to the northwest. Two days later Peter led a group of amateur naturalists to the area to look for eagles and they were rewarded by seeing nearly 250 Golden Eagles flying from southeast to northwest in a single afternoon.

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Welcome to the British Columbia Breeding Birds Atlas

Submitted: David Hancock

Birds can tell us important things about our environment. Their presence and abundance provide an early warning of the state
of ecosystems and their eggs and tissues track trends of contaminants in the environment.

Over 300 species of birds breed each year in British Columbia - more than any other province in Canada. Sixty-five species breed nowhere else in Canada and for several other species, British Columbia holds the majority of the world population. For these reasons, British Columbia plays a pivotal role in Canada's bird conservation efforts
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Shooter sought in Eagle Death

This is a follow-up to the story posted on January 16, 2008

From the Bradenton Herald (Florida)
January 17, 2008

EAST MANATEE (Florida) --The body of a female bald eagle was driven to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lab Wednesday as outrage grew against the person who would shot into the protected nest of America's national bird.

According to Fish and Wildlife Special Agent Janet Rider, the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act provides for an award of up to $1,000 for anyone with information that leads to a conviction.

Lynda White, coordinator of the Audubon of Florida Eagle Watch program, said the organization is nonprofit and cannot offer any additional funds for an award.

Several readers of the Bradenton Herald have indicated they would contribute to an award fund.

How to help

Anyone with information about the death of the bald eagle can contact Special Agent Janet Rider, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office, at (352) 429-1037, ext. 308.

To contribute to an award fund, contact Lynda White, with the Audubon of Florida Eagle Watch program, at (407) 644-0190.

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