Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Wounded Bald Eagle Found Near Reservoir- UPDATED

MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

*UPDATE -- Feds offering $2,500 reward for info leading to the arrest of the

There is a real winner out there somewhere, having shot the protected symbol of America.

Excerpts from msnewsnow.com's account:

RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -On Sunday, a man hunting at the Three Prong Hunting Club, in Sand Hill, found two bald eagles sitting on the ground.
The men called local authorities, including the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and a local animal rehab group to get some help.
While trying to help the eagle with blood on its head, the other managed to fly away. 
The eagle was rushed to North Jackson Animal Hospital where it's being treated by Dr. Adrian Whittington and his staff.

"No one should be shooting an eagle under any circumstances," said Whittington. "I can't think of a reason why you would shoot a bird like that." 
Dr. Whittington says X-rays of the bird revealed several shotgun pellets lodged in his skin, but it's not known if those injuries are new or are old. What is certain is the bird refuses to fly.
Doctors have begun giving the bird medicine, and food, and plan to begin the rehabilitation process.
"Get him eating first, then once we feel comfortable with that we'll start flight conditioning," said Dr. Whittington. "That's where we get this bird in a position where he can fly 20 feet.  Then once were sure of that, at that point and time we'll consider releasing the bird."

If you have any information that can help, please contact the Mississippi Department of Wildlife.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yesterday afternoon from my residence in Bridgepointe Subdivision there were two bald eagles flying in circular patterns over the reservoir. They flew off after a flock of herons came between them. This was right by the causeway bridge.