- Jun 18, 2009
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I was a Rural Carrier Associate for the Postal Service for about 4 years and there was a Golden Eagle in a valley I delivered to. Narrow enough valley that when she/he flew, you could get a good look. Big sucker too. Wingspan had to be a least 5 or 6 foot.i see red tail hawks, bald eagles and of course ravens daily. once in awhile i spot a golden eagle or owl.I found a wounded barn owl out here a few years ago. I marked his location on my gps and called game and fish. they took him somewhere set up to rehabiltate him, prescott, az i think. anyway, he wasnt easy for them to get ahold of but they did. he had been shot in the wing.
Illegal to shoot them but people do. Glad you got him to a rehabber.
We seldom see raptors with leg/foot injuries because they can still fly. It often means they starve to death because they can't catch and hold prey. Common cause of foot and leg injuries is electrocution. One of the most heart breaking I've seen was a huge female red tail with legs that looked like sharpened pencils. Needless to say, I took her to the vet to be put down immediately.
the saddest thing i continue to see is dead ravens from people putting out rat poison, and the ravens will eat the body.
when i first saw this happen, 3 ravens looked like they just say down on the ground and died. also called game and fish then.
i wish people wouldnt use poison like that. There are better ways, that dont killl birds