Injuries are fatal for young eagle found on roadside

June 23, 1993|By John A. Morris | John A. Morris,Staff Writer

A young bald eagle rescued from a rural Edgewater road two days ago died yesterday at a Baltimore veterinary hospital.

"It passed away in the middle of the night. He succumbed to the shock" of his injuries, said Dr. Kim Hammond, owner of the Falls Road Animal Hospital. "It was really sad."

When two motorists found the 1- to 2-year-old eagle in the middle of Loch Haven Road, near the south side of the South River, it had a broken wing and multiple puncture wounds infested with maggots.

The bird was taken to the Bowie-based Chesapeake Wildlife Sanctuary and later to Dr. Hammond's clinic.

Dr. Hammond said the eagle, which had not yet grown its signature crown of white feathers, had congenital blindness in one eye. The loss of depth perception may have caused the bird to crash into electric power lines or barbed wire, he said.

Bald eagles, which were declared an endangered species 30 years ago, are increasing about 10 percent a year, said Paul Nickerson, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's regional office in Massachusetts.

Five active nests have been identified in central Anne Arundel County.

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