On Saturday, December 20, a group of hunters found a Bald Eagle down in the woods in Surry County, Virginia. They called for help and stayed with the eagle; rehabilitator Dana Lusher responded to the scene to capture the bird. The eagle was taken to a local veterinarian for stabilization and transported to the Wildlife Center the following day.
Dr. Meghan, the Center’s veterinary intern, examined the male eagle when it arrived. The eagle had two large puncture wounds – one on his right shoulder, and another on the left side of his chest. Dr. Meghan did not find any fractures on radiographs. Based on the appearance of the injuries, the staff suspects this eagle was in a fight with another eagle.
The eagle’s wounds were cleaned and sutured closed; the bird was started on a course of anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, and pain medications. Lead results were within normal limits. The bird was placed in the Center’s holding room for the night. In the coming days, the staff will continue to clean and monitor the eagle’s wounds.