Bald Eagle Rescued in Virginia Euthanized

Bald Eagle Rescued in Virginia Euthanized

An animal control officer in Fairfax County recently was sent to aid an unlikely creature that just happens to be the symbol of America.

Officer Kathy Prucnal responded to a call about an injured bald eagle, which was spotted at Huntley Meadows Park in the Alexandria neighborhood of Virginia, according to police.

The eagle was unable to fly and hopped around on trees and brush, reports WJLA. A park visitor helped block exit routes so Prucnal could capture it using a blanket.

The eagle was treated by a veterinarian for a broken wing and pesticide poisoning, but unfortunately was later euthanized.

"The extent of the injuries to the bird, including ocular lesions in both eyes, indicated that he would not have been a good candidate for either permanent captivity or release back into the wild, according to wildlife experts," say Fairfax County officials.

Aiding injured wildlife and removing unwanted critters humanely from a habitat are tasks often best left to animal control officers or highly rated local animal-removal experts.

Many animals you find in danger also could be a candidate for rescue and rehabilitation. Check with your local animal rescue organization for more details.

For any number of reasons, including safety and convenience, you may prefer to hire someone to remove animals and deal with the follow-up. When selecting an animal-removal expert, consider these aspects of service:

Full Service vs. Basics

Some companies focus only on removing animals and don't do any repair or prevention work. Know what services you want before you call so you don’t waste time. Humane trappings are almost always an option.

Size Make a Difference

Some companies focus on small animals, while others handle only with those squirrel-sized or larger. Companies focusing on bugs and rodents might not deal with wild animals at all.  Be sure you know what services your prospective critter-catcher offers.

Understand the Pricing

You may see one animal, but there may be many more in your home. Be clear about how the company you use charges. Most charge by the number of large animals, although some will count babies as one adult.

Dead or Alive

Animal removal companies will often remove carcasses that local governmental agencies will not. This may involve having to get into crawl spaces, attics, or break through walls, so be prepared for additional costs depending on how difficult it is to reach the critter in question.


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