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Injured eagle brought to wildlife sanctuary

By Bonnie Hite
Special to The SUN

Photo courtesy Bonnie Hite Authorities believe this male eagle was hit by a vehicle at a site near Yellow Jacket Pass in western Archuleta County. The bird was taken to St. Francis Wildlife Sanctuary and Rehabilitation in Arboles, and was checked by a local veterinarian. The bird will be nursed back to health at the sanctuary with the hope it will fly free again.

Photo courtesy Bonnie Hite
Authorities believe this male eagle was hit by a vehicle at a site near Yellow Jacket Pass in western Archuleta County. The bird was taken to St. Francis Wildlife Sanctuary and Rehabilitation in Arboles, and was checked by a local veterinarian. The bird will be nursed back to health at the sanctuary with the hope it will fly free again.

St. Francis Wildlife Sanctuary and Rehabilitation, located in Arboles, received its first American Bald Eagle on Sunday, Jan. 27.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer Adrian Archuleta responded to a call regarding an eagle that had apparently been hit by a car on U.S. 160, at a site between Chimney Rock and Yellow Jacket Pass. It appeared the bird had gorged itself on road kill and had trouble gaining altitude when it tried to fly, moving into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

Archuleta brought the bird to the sanctuary, where it is now being cared for in the medical facility.

The sanctuary’s executive director, Pat Jackson, is attending to the eagle’s needs by keeping it warm, administering fluids and giving it the time and environment it needs to recuperate.

The adult eagle was transported Monday to local avian veterinarian Dr. Tom Yost for a thorough examination.  The bird suffered no spinal or pelvic injuries, although it could not yet stand on his own. It was determined the eagle would be given pain medication, vitamins and antibiotics for the next few days and hopes are high that with medical care, feeding and quiet space this magnificent bird will soon be flying free.

This story was posted on January 31, 2013.