Raptor Center frees miracle eagle

By Jim Stanford on February 28, 2011

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The truck was traveling at 60 mph when the collision occurred.

Bert Raynes already had the scoop on this, but the photo is so remarkable it bears posting. On Friday, the Teton Raptor Center released this bald eagle into the wild at Bear Lake, Idaho, six weeks after it collided with a semi-truck.

The eagle had been feeding on a dead deer and flew the wrong way as the truck approached near Montpelier, Idaho. The bird suffered internal bleeding and had pulmonary problems, but surprisingly no broken bones. The Raptor Center took it under its wing and nurtured it back to health.

“This return to the wild qualifies as the most remarkable among our success stories,” said Amy Brennan McCarthy, the center’s executive director. This was the fourth release of a raptor back into the wild this year.

Major props to the truck driver, Ben Wright, for seeking care for the eagle. Wright also snapped this photo.

Anyone who finds an injured, ill or orphaned bird of prey in the Jackson Hole region should call the Raptor Center hotline at (307) 200-6019.

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4 Comments so far

  1. D February 28, 2011 12:08 pm

    That is so cool! Most people would have killed it (Put it out of it misery), or leave it assuming it was going to die. Really cool story, I am not sure what I would have done if I was the driver? I know now what I would do though. That’s one tough bird.

  2. Hyh March 4, 2011 9:51 am

    @D “leave it assuming it was going to die”

    How do you leave something in your windshield? You going to ignore it?

  3. Roger March 6, 2011 7:40 am

    Wow, what else can you say. Kudos to the truck driver…….

  4. John Martin Meek March 9, 2011 4:57 am

    Congrats, Amy, on being in this job and for what you’re doing. See you’ve also married since I last saw you in JH. I finally last year edited the 1983 video interview of Chuck and sent it off to the American Alpine Club but they haven’t put it up on the AAC site yet. I think its up on the Yosemite site and maybe with several of my other ones on http://www.archive.org.

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