Volunteers rescue golden eagle hurt in car crash

Feb 2 2012 - 10:51am

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This Jan. 30, 2012 photo shows a bald eagle slowing traffic for a time along the Eastside Highway north of Stevensville, Mont., during the morning commute. The eagle was feasting on a dead deer just off the roadway. (AP Photo/Ravalli Republic, Perry Backus)
This Jan. 30, 2012 photo shows a bald eagle slowing traffic for a time along the Eastside Highway north of Stevensville, Mont., during the morning commute. The eagle was feasting on a dead deer just off the roadway. (AP Photo/Ravalli Republic, Perry Backus)

MAPLETON -- Volunteers treating a female golden eagle that was struck by car in Utah say they hope she'll regain enough of her sight to survive.

KSL-TV reports (http://bit.ly/wFLbCu) volunteers with the Great Basin Wildlife Center in Mapleton came to the eagle's aid after she was hit near Delta on Jan. 18.

Veterinarians at the Park Animal Hospital in Provo operated on the bird's wing before she was taken to the Riverwoods Imaging Center in Provo for an MRI.

The scan found the bird had no damage to the brain or optic nerve.

Volunteer Pattie Richards says federal rules require the bird be euthanized if it does not recover its sight. But she says the eagle is now responding to light and may gain enough vision to be released into a zoo.

 

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