One male and one female, they grew stronger and learned to hunt together. Hopefully, regardless of what the reporter said in the story, we hope they stay in that area and stay together as a pair. They are no where near breeding age, so if they stay together, it will be many years before nesting would happen.
They came in within a few days of each other and required almost the same exact plan of care.
|Yrma Van Der Steenstraeten releasing one of the Golden eagles at Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, Utah|
|Connie handing off the other Golden eagle to Highway Patrol Officer Brian Evans|
We care for approximately 20 Golden eagles, once in a while a Bald is part of those numbers, every year. Sadly, the numbers grow every year. From secondary lead poisonings, vehicle strikes, gunshots and West Nile virus, they just keep coming and coming.
There are also the occasional jaw trap cases as well. All of this work as state and federal permitted wildlife rehabilitators is accomplished through donations. Wildlife does not belong to anyone so their are no 'owners' to pay the bills. Sadly, the public also believes that the wildlife agencies in their state or federal wildlife agency helps pay for this or pays for it entirely. This is not the case, not for any wildlife rehabilitator, regardless of the state. This is difficult yet very rewarding work. We also care for many other birds, including other species of raptors and some mammals as well.
We appreciate all the support we have and to those who contribute once reading this, which how could you not after seeing what we do and clearly, the need for it.