This Golden Eagle was rescued from the side of the highway south of Rock Springs, WY. She made her way to Teton Raptor Center via our Golden Eagle Rescue Network (GERN) of partners for raptor transport. Nathan Barnes, Executive Director at Wind River Raptors in Lander, WY, went to the rescue and triaged the eagle before she was transported to TRC by a relay of two "GERN" volunteers. We're currently treating the eagle for a combination of injuries. She had an elevated lead level of 62.5 mcg/dl on intake. For raptors, a blood lead level over 20 mcg/dl is considered clinical. We're also treating the eagle for eye, ear and head trauma on her left side likely from a car-strike. Sometimes, an elevated lead level can cause birds to lose some of their coordination, making it harder to avoid oncoming cars and leading to additional trauma. Thank you to all who were involved in her rescue!
Date Admitted: 10.14.16
Location Found: Rock Springs, WY
Update: The eagle's eye is now fully healed and the lead level has come down to background level. The eagle was transferred back to Wind River Raptors in Lander, WY to complete her conditioning in a flight cage.