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

By | March 16, 2017

A motionless bald eagle was found last month. He couldn’t even hold his head up. The bird had lead poisoning, and he was slowly dying. In Oregon, Lynn Tompkins, the executive director of Blue Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center, said this is not uncommon in bald eagles.

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Image Credit: Blue Mountain Wildlife

The lead in the eagle’s body was affecting his brain and nerves. All of the muscles in his body were affected, and he was having trouble breathing.

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Image Credit: Blue Mountain WildlifeLynn has been helping bald eagles like this one for 30 years. The birds come into contact with the lead after they eat an animal that was killed by hunters (who used bullets made with lead).

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Image Credit: USFWS

Raptors (birds of prey like eagles and owls) will often scavenge for food. It can sometimes take several months for birds with lead poisoning to recover.

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