Rescued Bald Eagle Gets Treatment As Largest Birds Gather in British Columbia

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Yukon Environment Officers rescued an injured bald eagle on Wednesday and brought it to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve for Assessment and Treatment. 

According to Maria Hallock, the eagle has a “very severe infection,” the director of animal care and the veterinarian at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, and inflammation on its carpal joint. 

Hallock also reported that the bird is undergoing aggressive antibiotic treatment and will soon be releasing the eagle’s prognosis as more quickly as all test results are completed. 

Bald Eagles: Rescued Eagles Got Treatment While Largest Eagles Gather in British Columbia

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Yukon Environment Officers rescued an injured bald eagle on Wednesday and brought it to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve for Assessment and Treatment.

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Rescued and Treated Bald Eagles 

The bald eagle was found hopping around Yukon landfill, apparently injured. According to Elizabeth Blair, a resident of nearby Stewart Crossing, she first noticed the eagle in July and continued to check on it throughout the summer. The bird could not fly and be hopping around and scavenging for food at the dump in Mayo. 

When it became colder, Blair worried that the bald eagle would not survive the winter cold. As temperatures dropped in October, she sought a call for help from officials through Facebook. Blair thinks that the bald eagle has a partner as a larger bird was always hovering the dump. 

The help finally arrived on Wednesday. 

Hallock said that this is the second case of bone infection on bald eagle this year.

Meanwhile, in the Prince Edward Islands, a rescued, wounded bald eagle found on York/Covehead Road area Saturday gets treatment at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown.  

The examination findings reveal that the adult male eagle had been shot. A pellet was embedded on the bones at the eagle’s wingtip, where primary flight feathers are attached. 

Someone focused on the bird and fired, Wade MacKinnon, the investigation and enforcement manager with the P.E.I. Department of Justice and Public Safety said. He thinks that the bird was injured for a while when it was found as the eagle was emancipated.

Mackinnon said that the person responsible for the shooting would face a fine, confiscation of firearm, and suspension from hunting.

Provincial conservation officials urge anyone with information on the eagle’s shooting to come forward. 

Wildlife officials report that in the Prince Edward Islands, there are 65 breeding pairs as of March this year, and the juvenile numbers are still unknown as the population has been steadily increasing since the 1980s. 

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Largest Bald Eagle Gathering in the World 

In November this year, wildlife authorities say there will be more than 35,000 bald eagles that will pass through the lower Fraser Valley until February. Thousands of these birds will flock at Harrison River daily.

The Harrison River is about 18 kilometers in length and a tributary of the Fraser River. 

The Fraser River expands to 850 miles long and is the largest sockeye salmon source in the world. The eagles travel long hundreds of miles away to feast on the five salmon species that are spawning during the fall. 

A local photographer, Dr. Christian Sasse, said that bald eagles also flock in landfills as they are scavengers, and they look for the most accessible way to find found sources. 

The bald eagles are also clever hunters, and they observe gulls’ movements to find where the food sources are. 

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