2018 Rehabilitation Highlights

Teton Raptor Center has rescued and rehabilitated 127 raptors within 2018.

Owls - 58 admitted

Highlight - LEOW 7.18.18

This Long-eared Owl was struck by a vehicle down in Pinedale, WY. The finders immediately brought the bird to Game and Fish, who transferred the bird to our clinic. The bird had a clean break in his tibiotarsus, a bone equivalent to the tibia/fibula in humans. Veterinarians at Jackson Animal Hospital performed surgery to place a pin and re-align the fractures. The bird went through 6 weeks of cage-rest with the pin, and an additional 6 weeks afterwards. Once the bone was set, this bird was moved to a larger space to get back into shape, and after he successfully passed his flight conditioning, he was released back in Pinedale.

Eagles - 13 admitted 

Highlight - BAEA 7.15.18

A mature female Bald Eagle was admitted in mid-July after being found unable to fly. She had several flight feathers missing on her wing, a deep wound over her left wrist, and broken fingers on her ring wing. She was treated with anti-inflammatories and a course of antibiotics, lots of quiet and rest, and twice weekly wound cleanings and physical therapy. After her wound closed and her fingers healed, it took another month and a half of flight training to get her back in shape to be successful in the wild. She was released back where she was found in Idaho.

Falcons - 4 admitted

Highlight - PEFA 8.22.18

This 2-year-old Peregrine Falcon was found stuck in an airduct in Idaho Falls. Idaho Fish and Game suspects the bird had been trapped unable to open his wings for at least a few days. He was dehydrated and his muscles were weak, but overall the bird was in decent shape. We prescribed cage-rest and free meals, and within 2 weeks he was back to full health. He was released in a nearby park, away from airducts!

Hawks - 43 admitted 

Highlight - SWHA 8.17.18

This young Swainson's Hawk was found sternal in a field, unable to use its wing. Once admitted, TRC staff found an infected puncture wound in the bird's patagium, a flap of skin between a bird's shoulder and wrist. Luckily, no tendons or muscles were affected by the wound. This bird likely acquire the puncture from flying into a barbed wire fence. She was put on a strong course of antibiotics to clear the infection, and cage-rest until her wound closed. Once she was healed, she went through flight conditioning until she was strong enough for release into the wild.

Osprey - 7 admitted 

Highlight - OSPR 9.3.18

In early September, an injured Osprey was spotted in the middle of the Snake River only accessible by boat. With the help of a fishing guide from Grand Fishing Adventures, the bird was rescued and brought to TRC's clinic. The female osprey had two fishing hooks puncturing her, one in her left leg and one in her left wing. With line entangling her wing and making her unable to fly, and she was likely stranded on the sand bar for several days. Her puncture wounds were treated with regular cleanings and antibiotics, and after 10 days she made a full recovery, and was returned to the wild.

Vultures - 2 admitted 

Highlight - TUVU 5.27.18

TRC proudly released its first ever TurkeyVulture on June 22 in Tetonia, ID a month after he was hit by a car. Within an hour of being struck, this vulture was warm, dry, and recuperating in TRC's oxygen chamber. In addition to the trauma, the vulture had a blood lead level that most wildlife rehabilitation centers consider toxic. This vulture underwent chelation therapy and flight reconditioning before being released back into the wild.

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