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Bald Eagle Rescued After Struck by Car on Deal Island Road

Posted: Jul 04, 2018 6:57 PM Updated:
Bald Eagle rescued on Deal Island Road. (Photo Pocomoke River State Park) Bald Eagle rescued on Deal Island Road. (Photo Pocomoke River State Park)

POCOMOKE, Md.- Last Friday around noon, a call came in to the Pocomoke River State Park about a bald eagle that had been hit by a car on Deal Island Road. 

Cineva Smith, who is the park manager at Pocomoke River State Park, said she received the call from good Samaritans that just wanted to help. However, she said they didn't have the appropriate equipment to transport the bird so she sent her team with a carrier and a glove.

The eagle was then handed off to volunteers that work with the Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research Center to keep a close eye on the bird as it recovers. 

"The official report that we received was that the eagle suffered corneal abrasions and had a fractured wing," Smith said. "The eagle is now self-feeding and gaining weight but not flying just yet." 

Elizabeth Stoud who is a naturalist at Pocomoke River State Park assisted in the rescue. 

"It was just pure excitement," said Stoud when asked by fellow ranger Christina if she wanted to assist in the rescue. "We grabbed the supplies that we needed and I don't think I stopped smiling all day, from beginning to end." 

Officials said that bald eagles are not endangered but they are still federally protected. Human behavior is the biggest threat to bald eagles, like getting hit by a car or fishing with a lead weight.

The rangers said that this is their third eagle rescue but the first just in time for Independence Day. The injured eagle will remain at Tri-State until it is decided if the bird is able to be released into the wild again. Officials said that bald eagles could double their life expectancy if kept in captivity.   

 

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