Jefferson Bald Eagle

bald eagle with very elevated lead levels Admission Date: 26 November 2017
Outcome: Died, 28 November 2017
Location of Rescue: SE of Jefferson, Greene County
Cause of Admission / Condition: Grounded and unable to fly
Patient Status: Patient Archive

SOAR volunteer Deb responded to this call and followed the landowners across two fields and into some timber to rescue this bald eagle. Deb said, “… caught and loaded up where she went down…not a good sign.” Deb took the eagle to SOAR immediately and even drew blood for the blood lead level. This eagle is lead poisoned. She also has a fracture to the right wingtip. This will heal if she lives through the poison.

Lead poisoning in wildlife is completely preventable. Hunt responsibly. Hunt lead-free.