Police help rescue injured bald eagle in Lebanon

Taken to Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee for treatment

LEBANON - A child flagged down police after spotting an injured bald eagle alongside Route 12A on Saturday and Lebanon Police officers helped keep the bird off the busy roadway until trained wildlife rescuers were able to arrive and safely capture the large raptor.

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    Officers Jeremy Perkins and Daniel Gaspard contained the eagle until members of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science arrived and gathered it up using thick protective gloves.

    The bald eagle was taken back to VINS in Quechee, which operates an extensive bird rehabilitation facility that is open to the public, for an assessment of its injuries.

UPDATE:  Unfortunately the staff at VINS said Tuesday that the bald eagle from Lebanon had to be put down shortly after he arrived at their facility because of the extent of the injuries he'd sustained in what appeared to have been two separate events, possibly involving being hit by a car or truck.

    "The phone has been ringing off the hook," with questions from the public and the press about helping the eagle, said VINS Assistant Executive Director Mary Graham who noted, "It's going to be hugely disappointing to people to find out that he didn't make it and we know that makes it a sad story at the end.  We did make a big effort but the animal was in really bad shape."

    "He had fractures to both wings and at least one of those was old," explained Lauren Adams, who is the Lead Wildlife Keeper at the Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation at VINS.  "The tissue had already started to die and was infested with parasites."

    "We don't know what happened but, because of where he was found, I would just guess that vehicle strikes could have been involved," Adams said, adding that the grounded bird also had some "secondary issues" which factored into the decision to euthanize him.

    "His injuries were just too painful and too severe to treat," Adams said, explaining that even if he had somehow survived the damage he'd already sustained it "would have been too debilitating for him to have had a decent quality of life if he was permanently placed in captivity."

Photos courtesy of the Lebanon Police Department

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