ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The bald eagle that was recently freed from a Mat-Su Valley trap was euthanized Wednesday evening, according to the Bird Treatment and Learning Center.
Around 4:30 p.m., on Wednesday, a good Samaritan located an injured eagle, in Palmer, according to Amy Kilshaw, rehabilitation coordinator of Bird TLC.
Kilshaw said that Alaska WildBird Rehabilitation Center volunteers assisted the good Samaritan by picking up the bird and bringing it to VCA Far Country Animal Hospital. From there, veterinarians performed evaluations on the injured bird.
Based on its injuries, they determined this was the same bald eagle that was freed from a trap, on Saturday.
“Immediately, it was obvious that it was a severe injury,” said Kilshaw. “Open exposed – the bone was completely severed from the leg. The foot was just dangling by pieces of skin.”
Due to extensive blood loss and trauma, “the most humane thing for it was to put it to sleep,” said Kilshaw. “Our vet and the Far Country decided that was the best thing to do.”
It is not uncommon for wild animals to be injured from traps that were unintended for them.
“I think it’s a lot more common than we even know about,” said Kilshaw. “I think people will just dispose of the animal, from rumors I‘ve heard – from hunters and trappers.”
Anyone who encounters an injured, aggressive or orphaned animal are advised to call law enforcement, Wildlife Troopers or Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
“Just try and get immediate assistance, help and medical attention,” Kilshaw said.