Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police save and release illegally trapped bald eagle

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By: KIRO 7 News Staff
Updated: February 4, 2021 – 1:19 PM

Last week, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police referred 16 criminal charges against a man to the Clallam County prosecutor’s office. The suspect is accused of trapping a bald eagle with illegal steel jawed leghold traps, among other trapping violations.

In November of last year, WDFW Police received a report that a dog was trapped in a steel jawed leghold trap. The dog’s owner was able to free the dog but reported that a bald eagle was caught in another trap several feet away.

WDFW Police Sgt. Rosenberger responded and found the bald eagle struggling to free its talon from the trap. He was able to release the eagle and check it for injuries.Content Continues Below

“Thankfully, the bald eagle didn’t have any injuries or broken bones,” Rosenberger said. “This was a rare poaching incident where the poached animal was still alive and able to be released back into the wild immediately, on-site. It was a once-in-a-career event watching the eagle take flight on a crisp, sunny day, with the surrounding hills colored by fall leaves.”

WDFW officers removed additional illegal traps at the site.

Their investigation led them to a suspect who lives in Clallam County. He admitted to WDFW officers that he set several unpadded steel jawed leghold traps and wire snares, which captured and killed two coyotes.

Bald Eagles Keep Dying of Lead Poisoning And No One’s Talking About It

FEBRUARY 26, 2020 AT 7:50 PM

 

Bald eagles are dying at an alarming rate due to lead poisoning

 

Our  national bird, which represents freedom and independence, is facing a deadly crisis.

While a soaring bald eagle is a sight to behold, they’ll be seen less and less if we keep poisoning their habitat.

Bald eagles are scavengers that often feed on animal carcasses left behind by hunters.

Unfortunately, the innards of these carcasses are usually littered with lead bullet fragments.

Often taking several days to take hold, lead poisoning contaminates their bodies at too toxic of levels,  rendering them helpless.

“It’s easy to spot an eagle with lead poisoning,” says Betsy Finch of the Fontenelle Forest Raptor Recovery, which houses dozens of birds until they are healthy enough to fly away or put to rest.

“Inability to stand, convulsions, head tremors, difficulty breathing, gastrointestinal distress — because lead paralyzes the gut, so they can’t digest food, dehydration,” Finch said.

The nervous system is so severely affected they can no longer hunt and become emaciated, eventually dying of starvation.

 A 2014 study found that of the nearly 3,000 eagles killed over 30 years, about 25% died from poisoning, usually lead poisoning.

Animals commonly hunted and scavenged by bald eagles include deer, pheasants, elk, and waterfowl. Other bird species known to be affected by lead poisoning include hawks and owls.

Want to help?

One way to stop lead poisoning would be to stop using lead bullets. On his last day in office the Obama administration banned the use of lead bullets.

Many hunters protested because they prefer the heavy weight of lead bullets and of course, lead is cheaper. So on his first day in office, President Trump’s administration lifted the ban.

If you’re a hunter who’d like bald eagles to survive as long as your grandchildren, you can help by using non-toxic bullets or slugs.

If you must use lead, recover and remove all shot game from the field or bury the remains with rocks and brush.

Please remove any slugs or bullet fragments from the carcass that remains.

Bald eagles are taking trash from a Seattle landfill and dumping it into suburban yards

It is raining trash in the suburbs of Seattle. Or, rather, bald eagles – around 200 of them – are dropping trash into people’s yards every day, and the suburbanites are not happy.

The trash – including a blood-filled biohazard container that landed in one lucky resident’s yard – is coming from a nearby landfill that takes in two tons of fresh trash a day. The bald eagles pick out the juicy morsels of food found in the landfill, and then discard the junk that they don’t want in the nearby neighborhoods.

According to Popular Mechanics:

The main issue is the open-air landfill in the area, the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill in King County. That landfill was supposed to have been closed years ago, but a proposed expansion has kept it open. In fact, that expansion is meant to keep the landfill exposed until 2040…

Many of the residents want the county to cancel the proposed expansion and finally close the landfill. In the meantime the residents are hoping to implement some sort of anti-eagle measures at the landfill, although it’s not entirely clear what those would look like.

There’s something almost poetic about the American national bird reminding people that the trash they throw in a landfill doesn’t simply disappear. In a way, these birds are a visceral demonstration of the usually hidden consequences of extreme consumption. We create too much trash, and that much trash creates consequences. That could mean eagles dropping biohazard containers in your front lawn, or it could mean nearly 20 tons of plastic washing up on one of the most remote beaches in the world.

Image: by Carl Chapman from Phoenix, usa – Eagle ShotsCC BY 2.0Link

Upstate NY man faces 3 charges after shooting a bald eagle over deer carcasses

https://www.newyorkupstate.com/outdoors/2018/12/upstate_ny_man_faces_3_charges_after_shooting_a_bald_eagle_over_deer_carcasses.html

A mature bald eagle up close and personal on the western shore of Owasco Lake.
A mature bald eagle up close and personal on the western shore of Owasco Lake. (Paul Pflanz)
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A Tompkins County man has been charged with three violations of state Environmental Conservation Law after he shot an adult bald eagle Saturday, using deer carcasses as bait.

The DEC said Donald N. Mix, of Caroline, N.Y. shot the protected bird in the Town of Caroline. Bald eagles are listed as a “threatened species” in New York.

According to the DEC, Environmental Conservation Officer Ozzie Eisenberg responded to a complaint Saturday from a town resident who “who heard a shot and then spotted a large bird round in a nearby field.”

The conservation officer found a dead adult bald eagle at the scene, and “a subsequent interview with a neighbor revealed that the man had placed deer carcasses in the field to shoot coyotes and turkey vultures, another protected species.” It is legal to shoot coyotes over bait. Read more about hunting coyotes.

According to the complainant, the neighbor found the eagle “still breathing slowly,” and was with the bird as it died while she awaited the DEC officer’s arrival.

The DEC said Mix “thought the bird was a turkey vulture and was unaware that he had killed a threatened bald eagle.”

The man is due to return to Town of Caroline Court on Jan. 22.

According to the DEC, Mix faces the following charges and penalties: 

Illegal taking of protected wildlife ECL 11-0107 (1) – “No person shall, at any time of the year, pursue, take, wound or kill in any manner, number or quantity, any fish protected by law, game, protected wildlife, shellfish, harbor seals, crustacea protected by law, or protected insects, except as permitted by the Fish and Wildlife Law.”

The fines and punishment can range from up to $250 and up to 15 days in jail or both.

Illegal taking of wild birds ECL 11-0901 (9) – “No protected wild bird for which no open season is established by law or fixed by regulation shall be taken.”

The fines and punishment can range from up to $250 and up to 15 days in jail or both.

Illegal taking of a bald eagle ECL 11-0537 –  “It shall be unlawful to knowingly or with wanton disregard for the consequences of this act to take, possess, sell, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import, at any time or in any manner, any bald eagle commonly known as the American eagle, or any golden eagle, alive or dead, or any part, nest, or egg thereof of the foregoing eagles without a permit from a lawful authority. ”

The fines and punishment can range from, in the case of a first violation, up to $5,000 and up to 90 days in jail or both.

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Bowhunters on Binghamton University campus can kill up to 50 deer in 'controlled hunt'

Bowhunters on Binghamton University campus can kill up to 50 deer in ‘controlled hunt’

The entrances and exits of the school’s Nature Preserve will be cordoned off to stop anyone from entering the area during the “controlled hunt.”

Question to deer hunters: Could you -- should you shoot a coyote?

Question to deer hunters: Could you — should you shoot a coyote?

“They bring out more hatred and passion in us than any other animal species,” Frair said.

Two Bald Eagles Killed by Poisoned Meat Apparently Meant for Coyotes

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/05/28/two-bald-eagles-killed-by-poisoned-meat-apparently-meant-for-coyotes/?utm_source

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The two bald eagles — along with four coyotes, one opossum and three black vultures — were found dead in a field in Plaquemine, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

A pile of baited meat and bones with black granule spread across the top was also found in the field near the dead animals on April 9. Officials believe the poison was meant for coyotes, a press release about the incident said.

“Poison is an indiscriminate killer,” Sidney Charbonnet, Special Agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. “It is extremely poor practice for nuisance animal reduction, as it doesn’t just kill the target species, it can take out whole segments of the food chain with secondary poisonings, as well as potentially killing pet dogs or cats who may consume the bait or the poisoned wildlife.”

While the bald eagle is no longer considered an endangered species, it’s still federally protected.

Shut Off That TV, It’s a Beautiful Day Out

While most Americans were glued to their TV sets, cheering or shouting at their favorite410557751_d3027a6344 overpaid players in the Super Bowl–refusing to budge during the manipulative, high-tech commercials except to urinate or grab another beer, I was outside enjoying the unseasonably warm day (and secretly praying for snow).

On our daily walk to the river, my wife and I and our dog “Honey” were treated first to the sight of a pair of ravens driving an eagle out of the area. The eagle must have inadvertently flown over the ravens’ former and future nesting site, and they wanted to make it clear that though they weren’t guarding any eggs just yet, that forested hillside was off-limits until further notice.

In addition to the usual mergansers and herons fishing the river, we saw a seal stick his head above the waterline to get his bearings. Seals are a fairly rare sight here on this tidal tributary of the Columbia, twenty miles upstream from the ocean, but no doubt the winter smelt run was making his efforts worthwhile.

Next, upwards of a thousand cackling Canada geese, in four or five formations of a few hundred or so apiece, crossed loudly overhead. Uninterested in fish, they were instead searching for greener pastures and a safe place to bed for the evening.

These are just a few of the wonders going on while humans are spending their valuable yet limited time on this Earth with their ball game.

Text and Photography Copyright Jim Robertson

Text and Photography Copyright Jim Robertson

Back to the Dark Ages: What’s Next, Bald Eagle Blasting?

The New York Times’ editorial, “Wolf Haters” (December 29, 2013), brought up two prime examples of how anti-wolf fanatics in states like Idaho are trying to drag us back to the dark ages of centuries past, when predators were hunted and trapped to extinction by ignorant people claiming all of nature’s bounty for themselves.

Most Americans nowadays understand natural processes well enough to know that apex species, like wolves, will find equilibrium with their prey if given a chance. Perhaps the only ones who won’t accept that fact are trophy hunters who still claim the elk in Idaho’s wilderness areas as a commodity exclusively for them. It goes beyond the absurd that the US Forest Service would permit a state game department to bring in a bounty hunter because the land is too rugged for the average wolf hunter. To me that seems like the perfect kind of place for predator and prey to return to some semblance of the order that existed before the spread of Manifest Destiny.

I’m sure the enlightened lawmakers who crafted the Endangered Species Act (exactly 40 years ago) never imagined recovering species would be used as targets for some hair-brained “hunters’ rights” groups’ “derby hunt,” as is going on in Salmon, Idaho. Yet this brand of disregard is not without precedence—endangered prairie dogs are routinely targeted by “shooting sports” enthusiasts across the West. What’s next—contest hunts on Yellowstone Bison reminiscent of Buffalo Bill’s reckless era? Or, perhaps a Sunday afternoon of blasting bald eagles?

 

Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson, 2013. All Rights Reserved

Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson, 2013. All Rights Reserved

Interior Dept. Rule Greenlights Eagle Slaughter at Wind Farms

Stand Wild For The Eagles!
Let Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell know how outraged and disappointed you are by sending an email to: feedback@ios.doi.gov

Interior Dept. Rule Greenlights Eagle Slaughter at Wind Farms, Says Audubon CEO

New Rule Will Authorize 30-Year Permits for Killing America’s National Bird

      http://www.audubon.org/newsroom/press-releases/2013/interior-dept-rule-greenlights-eagle-slaughter-wind-farms-says-audubon

Bald Eagle

Jim Grey

Dec 5, 2013

New York, NY –

In a stunningly bad move for eagles, the U.S. Department of the Interior has finalized a new rule that would make it possible to grant wind energy companies 30-year permits to kill Bald and Golden eagles. Audubon’s CEO released the following statement:“Instead of balancing the need for conservation and renewable energy, Interior wrote the wind industry a blank check,” said Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold. “It’s outrageous that the government is sanctioning the killing of America’s symbol, the Bald Eagle. Audubon will continue to look for reasonable, thoughtful partners to wean America off fossil fuels because that should be everyone’s highest priority. We have no choice but to challenge this decision, and all options are on the table.”

Also see: http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2022413566_windeaglesxml.html

The new federal rule is designed to address environmental consequences that stand in the way of the nation’s wind-energy rush: the dozens of bald and golden eagles being killed each year by the giant, spinning blades of wind turbines.

An Associated Press investigation this year documented the illegal killing of eagles near wind farms, the Obama administration’s reluctance to prosecute such cases and its willingness to help keep the scope of the eagle deaths secret. President Obama has championed the pollution-free energy, nearly doubling America’s wind power in his first term as a way to tackle global warming.

Last month, Duke Energy pleaded guilty to killing eagles and other birds at two wind farms in Wyoming, the first time a wind-energy company had been prosecuted under a law protecting migratory birds. The company agreed to pay $1 million in fines.

A study by federal biologists in September found that wind farms since 2008 had killed at least 67 bald and golden eagles, a number that the researchers said was likely underestimated. That did not include deaths at Altamont Pass, an area in Northern California where wind farms kill about 60 eagles a year.

USFWS Offers $2500. in AK Eagle Snaring Case

Snaring claims 2 more innocent victims! From the USFWS:

March 26, 2013

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement is
investigating the death of two golden eagles near Chickaloon, Alaska. A
reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information leading to a
conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing the eagles.

The eagles were discovered in the Anthracite Ridge area northwest of the
Chickaloon-Knik-Nelchina Trail along Purinton Creek. The eagles were found
lying dead on top of a bait pile of meat that was surrounded by snares used
by trappers. Evidence at the scene suggests the eagles were caught and
killed in the snares while trying to get at the meat in the bait pile. One
of the golden eagles was an adult female and the other was an immature male.

Golden eagles are the largest raptor in North America and range from Mexico
to Alaska. Golden eagles may live up to 30 years in the wild and sometimes
mate for life. Golden eagles are mainly found in mountainous regions and
eat small mammals, birds, fish, and carrion.

Golden eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and
the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, both federal wildlife statutes. Violations
of these statutes carry maximum criminal penalties of up to $100,000 and/or
one year in federal prison.

Anyone with information concerning these eagles is asked to call the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement in Anchorage at (907)
271-2828.

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