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OSP Seeking Tips Related to Injured Eagle Found Near Rainier
05/10/2010
Trooper Tim Schwartz
Fish & Wildlife Division - St. Helens
(503) 397-0325 ext. 42

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Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for shooting and injuring a bald eagle late April in the area of Dibblee Point Beach near Rainier. The eagle is currently being treated at the Wildlife Center of the North Coast (WCNC) where x-rays revealed several shotgun BBs were found in its head, neck, body and both wings.
 
On April 30, 2010 two horseback riders found the injured eagle near the western portion of Dibblee Point Beach located on the Columbia River near Rainier. Two OSP troopers responded to the scene, found the eagle and used a blanket to contain and capture it.
 
The troopers took the large female eagle to WCNC for a physical evaluation. WCNC Director Sharnelle Fee said digital radiographs conducted at Bayshore Animal Hospital revealed the eagle was shot and that nearly three dozen shotgun BBs were found throughout its body, including about seven in its head. One of the BBs was near the eagle's eye and may cause vision problems.
 
Fee believes the eagle probably would not have been able to travel very far with the injuries it sustained. She said the eagle is recovering well and was moved to an outside flight pen over the weekend.
 
Fee will be posting information on the eagle's progress at www.coastwildlife.org.  Questions for WCNC can be directed to Fee at (503) 338-0331 or director@coastwildlife.org.
 
Anyone with information to help in this investigation is asked to contact Trooper Schwartz.