Sixteen. That is the number of bald eagles that have been found sick or injured and brought to Dane County Humane Society’s Wildlife Center for treatment so far in 2018. One injured bald eagle was found on April 9, 2018 at Cherokee Country Club Golf Course and, because of your support, he received the second chance he deserved.
Groundskeeper Eric noticed the adult male eagle hanging around on the open greens, not attempting to fly away. After about 20 minutes he moved closer to the eagle to see if he was injured and the eagle flew low to the ground to a nearby thicket of shrubs and trees and remained there. Animal Services was contacted, and Officer Shane went out to assess the eagle and saw a large, bleeding wound under the right wing. He was able to safely contain the eagle and bring it to our Wildlife Center to receive the care it desperately needed.
Upon examination, our Wildlife Center staff found the eagle had several puncture wounds, severe bruising and limited function of his right leg. We are not sure how he was injured, but our staff speculated the injuries were caused by a territorial dispute with another eagle. Through our close partnership with UW Veterinary Care, we were able to have their Special Species veterinarians oversee his medical care to ensure he was healing properly.
After about a month in our care, this eagle was healed and ready to fly home. On Mother’s Day, Eric and a small group of DCHS supporters were able to gather at Cherokee Marsh and watch him be released. Be sure to view the video to see this majestic animal return to the wild, healthy and rehabilitated, thanks to your support.
Thanks to generous supporters like you, over 3,700 wild animals in the south-central Wisconsin area have been able to receive care this year. Please consider donating today to support programs like DCHS’s Wildlife Center.
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