FARMINGTON -- Another bald eagle with a mysterious illness was found earlier this week in Davis County and has been taken to a wildlife rehabilitation facility in Ogden.
An officer with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources found the eagle stuck in the water at Farmington Creek on Tuesday. He was able to approach the bird and pick it up, said Phil Douglass, Northern Region spokesman for the DWR.
"It was reduced to the point where it was in the stream and couldn't get out," Douglass said.
The eagle is being cared for at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. It has been displaying the same symptoms that six other eagles found in the wild have shown, including head tremors and difficulty moving.
The bird found Tuesday brings the total number of bald eagles found dead or dying in Northern and Central Utah to 13 over the past several weeks. Douglass said whatever is afflicting the eagles appears to be localized to the Wasatch Front at this point, but he encourages people spending time in the outdoors to keep an eye out in other areas as well.
"Parts of the Wasatch Back, such as the Weber River corridor and Lost Creek, have large populations of bald eagles," he said. "If anyone finds anything in those areas, we would be very interested to hear about it."
Also, a sick eagle that was found by a hiker last week in Centerville died at the wildlife rehab center last Saturday. In total, six eagles have died at rehab centers and another six have been found dead in the wild.
The DWR has received preliminary test results for the first three eagles that died at rehab centers. Early results indicate the three eagles did not die from lead poisoning.
Final results for the three birds should be available in about three to four weeks, but for now officials don't know what is causing the unusual symptoms in the animals.
Anyone who finds a sick eagle anywhere is encouraged to call the DWR's Ogden office at 801-476-2740.