On May 12, 2017 the Juneau Raptor Center received a call about a juvenile Bald Eagle that was standing on the side of the road at mile 31, with most of it's head feathers missing. When our volunteer arrived, the eagle was hardly recognizable. The eagle tried to fly away, but could only hop away. Unfortunately it moved right under a waterfall. The Eagle was so weak, it was getting knocked down by the waterfall. The volunteer quickly captured the eagle with a net and brought it to the road. During a quick examination, to the volunteers surprise, it was in fact NOT a juvenile like reported earlier, but a male adult Bald Eagle. The bird had completely lost all feathers from the back of its head to the end of his neck and was covered in old blood. The feathers were also rubbed off his chest, with red skid marks and bruising on the back, along the spine and the left wing had major wounds to the wrist and bone was visible. It appeared the eagle had been struck by a vehicle and dragged for a distance. This tough guy was taken back to the JRC clinic and given treatment with fluids, antibiotics, and pain medication. He dried off quickly after resting in a warm, quiet, and safe environment. It was also noticed that he had a brood patch, indicating that he has a mate and nest with possibly young and/or incubating eggs. It is our hope that he will pull through and be released in the near future. On May 13, 2017, he was transferred to the Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation Center in Sitka for further evaluation and treatment. On May 16, 2017 the Raptor Center in Sitka notified us that he is in stable condition and is doing well, but he still has a long way to go.
Please make it a priority to call the JRC pager at (907)790-5424 right away if you see an injured bird. We may also be reached at (907)586-8393 or email@example.com. Other agencies that can also be contacted are U.S Fish and Wildlife Services at (907)586-7484, State Wildlife Troopers at (907)465-4000, ADF&G at (907)465-4100, or JPD at (907)586-0600. If you live outside of Juneau, you can contact your local Police Dept or Animal Shelter. Check us out at our website: www.juneauraptorcenter.org "Like" us on Facebook for updates on new patients and our releases. In case you didn't already know, JRC helps all wild birds, from humming birds to eagles!!!!! ... See MoreSee Less
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