Over the Presidents Day weekend, an injured bald eagle was discovered floating in the Genesee River in the Southern tier. The Seneca Nation of Indians Fish & Wildlife were called to pull the bird out of the river. Despite strong currents and cold temperatures, the SNI-FW was able to pull the injured eagle from the water.

The eagle was brought to Wild Spirit Education for rehabilitation. Wild Spirit’s wildlife rehabilitators stabilized the bird and checked for injuries. A puncture wound in the shoulder area was cleaned up and the wing was stabilized until the bird could be assessed by a veterinarian the next day.

Paul Fehringer of Wild Spirit took the injured bald eagle to Dr. Scott Nachbar of Springville for initial care. Dr. Nachbar cleaned the wound more thoroughly and sutured it up. A series of x-rays was taken.

Dr. Laura Wade of Clarence was also seen for her opinion on the case. The two veterinarians discovered a fractured coracoid. It was determined that surgery was too risky and that the wing should be able to heal with time.

Although the cause of the injury to the bald eagle is unknown, gunshot was ruled out. Bruising in the chest as well as blood in the airway indicates blunt force trauma such as a car hit.

The bald eagle is presently under the care of Wild Spirit Education in Delevan. Wild Spirit is a state and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility. We specialize in the rehabilitation of raptors. Wild Spirit Education is also an environmental education facility.

The eagle is doing well at this time. Only time will tell as to whether or not the eagle will be releasable. If it can go back to the wild, the bird will be released back on the Seneca reservation. If it is not able to be released, Wild Spirit will place the bird with a licensed educational facility.

Donations of fish as well as monetary donations to help pay for medicine, treatment and food are greatly appreciated. Wild Spirit Education is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization. All donations can be made on line atwww.wildspirit.org/support. Progress of the eagle can be seen at www.facebook.com/wildspiriteducation.