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Injured Bald Eagle found on West Hayden Island

Posted by thunsdorfer at Nov 11, 2013 06:50 PM |
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Nov. 11, 2013: The Wildlife Care Center has taken in another Bald Eagle, this time an injured female found on West Hayden Island. After the care center received a call about the bird late Saturday afternoon, Portland Audubon conservation director Bob Sallinger hiked two miles round-trip to retrieve the large raptor.

Injured Bald Eagle found on West Hayden Island

Audubon staff members examine an injured Bald Eagle - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

The Wildlife Care Center has taken in another Bald Eagle, this time an injured female found on West Hayden Island. After the care center received a call about the bird Nov. 9 in the late afternoon, Portland Audubon conservation director Bob Sallinger hiked two miles round-trip to retrieve the large raptor. His return trek was made entirely after nightfall – quite an undertaking when you’re carrying an eagle.

Portland Audubon veterinarian Deb Shaeffer met Bob at the care center that evening, and her exam of the eagle revealed the bird’s left wing and right eye are wounded. We’re not sure how the bird sustained these injuries, but territorial disputes have been the most common cause of injuries to Bald Eagles that have been treated at our care center in recent years, and that’s our best guess as to what happened in this case. An X-ray also revealed the eagle has shot from a BB gun in her chest, though it appears to be from a separate, unrelated incident.

Bald Eagle, Nov. 2013 - Tinsley Hunsdorfer
Bald Eagle - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

We’re arranging for an ophthalmologist to examine the eagle’s injured eye – her most severe wound – which will help care center staff members determine if the bird can be released back into the wild. Stay tuned for updates, and send good thoughts this eagle’s way – her prognosis is very guarded.

West Hayden Island is one of Portland's most important natural areas. Located near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, it provides irreplaceable habitat for federally listed salmon and imperiled bird, bat and amphibian species. However, the Port of Portland wants to take 300 acres and convert them to a marine industrial port facility that isn't needed and which will irrevocably harm the environment and the local community. Learn more and help us protect West Hayden Island for wildlife like Bald Eagles.

Bald Eagle, Bob Sallinger
Portland Audubon conservation director Bob Sallinger places the Bald Eagle on an exam table after returning from West Hayden Island
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