Another Golden Eagle saved and released
by Keith Cauley
Oct 26, 2011 | 29245 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A golden eagle is caught in a tree in San Juan County.  Keith Cauley photo
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In late September, while out looking for eagles to photograph, I noticed a large eagle hanging upside down from a branch in a tall tree. 

I approached the area to get a better look with hopes of not scaring the trapped raptor.  I could see through binoculars that her talons were entangled in a tree limb and branches and she was totally unable to free herself. 

I took some photographs and immediately called the Division of Natural Resources for help.  Within a very short time, three officers showed up and evaluated the situation. 

Due to the height involved, a decision was made to attempt to shoot the branch at it’s base in hopes it would break and the eagle would fall into a blanket secured on the ground by two officers. 

The attempt was totally successful...the limb broke and the eagle fell into a secure blanket.  Handling the eagle with care, she was then put into a cage to be transferred to Price, UT for analysis of any injuries. 

This was another great effort to save our endangered wildlife by the DNR.  The professionalism, concern for the eagle’s safety, and excellent handling of the situation shows how lucky we are to have great people working in our DNR. 

This is my third encounter with the DNR and the capturing of wounded eagles.  I can only say “Thank You” and extend gratitude to the caring agents who have saved these wonderful creatures.

The eagle was returned to Monticello on October 15 to be released in the same area of capture in hopes she would meet up with her mate. 

Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation in Price, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving wildlife and returning it back to nature, brought the eagle back to this area after weeks of rehabilitation in hopes of a successful release. 

I was chosen as the one to hold this beautiful raptor and then release her back into the sky where she belongs.  Upon leaving my arms, this magnificent eagle immediately took flight and was flying high into the sky. 

As we watched her return to the skies, it was only a few minutes before she was flying in circles with another eagle.  Disappearing into the high altitude, we could only assume she had once again found her mate and was flying free and wild.

There are no words to express the feeling and thrill of holding such a strong and beautiful wild raptor in my arms and releasing her back into the wild. 

Our community should be very proud of the work of the DNR and it’s officers as well as Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation for all their efforts in saving our majestic wildlife.  John Denver was so right in his song expressing how unfortunate we would be if we never saw an eagle fly. 

In Monticello, we have the opportunity not only to see eagles fly, but to enjoy such a wide variety of wildlife in their natural habitat.  We should be thankful for the caring individuals of the DNR and non-profit organizations, like Second Chance, who help preserve these creatures for generations to come.

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