Bald eagle caught in trap spotted in Newfoundland

CLARENVILLE, N.L. -- A bald eagle spotted flying in eastern Newfoundland with a leg-hold trap on one of its talons is unlikely to survive unless the device is soon removed, an expert in wildlife rescues says.

See Full Article

Hope Swinimer said the big bird of prey, last seen near the dump in Clarenville, needs its sharp claws for hunting.

"They can put up with a lot, but their feet are their life-line," said Swinimer, founder of Hope for Wildlife in Seaforth, N.S. "These tend to be really tough cases. Usually, a lot of damage has been done from these traps ... We get cases every year."

Amateur photographer Harry White, who has been taking photographs of the adult eagle in flight and on the ground for about three weeks, said a small, D-shaped trap -- probably used to grab mink -- appears to have snapped shut on the centre talon of the eagle's left claw.

Last week, Swinimer's shelter took in a red-tailed hawk that had lost a leg to a similar trap. It had to be destroyed.

"There was nothing we could do to fix it," she said.

Swinimer said the eagle in Newfoundland could be captured using long nets and raw meat as bait.

"They love their meat," she said. "It would be pretty easy to lure it ... This bird is probably really suffering and half-starving. There's probably no reason in the world this bird couldn't fly free once it's had a chance to heal."

White said two conservation officers showed up at the dump Thursday afternoon to try and capture the eagle. He said they deployed two special guns that can fire nets and then spread a collection of fleshy moose bones on the ground.

Several eagles showed up to feed, but the one with the trap did not.

White said the raptor was first spotted by another photographer Jan. 11.

A spokesman at the Salmonier Nature Park in eastern Newfoundland confirmed that the bird, if captured, would be taken to the park for rehabilitation if it was a suitable candidate for recovery.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Myanmar accused of crimes against humanity

    World News CBC News
    Myanmar is committing crimes against humanity in its campaign against Muslim insurgents in Rakhine state, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday, and it called for the UN Security Council to impose sanctions and an arms embargo. Source
  • Fears of Bali volcano eruption sparks leads to exodus of 75,000

    World News CTV News
    BALI, Indonesia - Warnings that a volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali will erupt have sparked an exodus of more than 75,000 people that is likely to continue to swell, the country's disaster agency said Tuesday. Source
  • North Korea lacks ability to attack U.S. planes, experts claim

    World News CTV News
    SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - Military analysts say North Korea doesn't have the capability or intent to attack U.S. bombers and fighter jets, despite the country's top diplomat saying it has the right do so. Source
  • North Korea appears to bolster defences after flight by U.S. bombers

    World News CBC News
    North Korea appears to have boosted defences on its east coast, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday, after the North said U.S. President Donald Trump had declared war and that it would shoot down U.S. Source
  • Puerto Rico faces water, food shortages after Hurricane Maria

    World News CTV News
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Supermarkets are gradually re-opening in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. But many customers are going home disappointed as the island struggles to get back to normal. Most food stores and restaurants remain closed. Source
  • Funeral to be held for Tennessee woman killed in church attack

    World News CTV News
    NASHVILLE - A funeral is set for a woman who was shot at a Tennessee church. According to West Harpeth Funeral Home and Crematory, services for 38-year-old Melanie Smith Crow of Smyna, Tennessee, will be held Thursday at the funeral home in Nashville. Source
  • German parties hold first meetings after election

    World News CTV News
    BERLIN - German parties' newly elected parliamentary groups are holding their first meetings after an election that left Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc weakened but still on top. It now faces a complicated task of forming a coalition government and the prospect of robust opposition from both the right and left. Source
  • Shooting attack outside Jerusalem kills three

    World News CTV News
    JERUSALEM - Israeli police and medical services say an attacker has opened fire at the entrance to a town outside Jerusalem, killing three Israelis and critically wounding a fourth, in one of the deadliest attacks in a two-year spate of violence. Source
  • Kurdish referendum vote latest issue affecting Middle East stability

    World News CTV News
    CAIRO - The Iraqi Kurds' independence referendum could mean further instability in the Middle East, where formal borders have remained in place for decades but recent conflicts have resulted in several de facto partitions. The vote is not binding, and opposition from the international community, as well as Iraq and its neighbours, makes any formal separation unlikely. Source
  • Mexico tallying cost of deadly earthquake

    World News CTV News
    MEXICO CITY -- Mexican government officials are still tallying up the economic losses of the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that caused widespread damage in the capital, but for the manager of a downtown restaurant it is already all too clear. Source