MIAMI, Okla. — An injured bald eagle was rescued from the water west of Miami, Oklahoma along State Highway 10 over the weekend, according to a Facebook post by the Oklahoma Game Wardens.
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Game Warden Jason Adair and Oklahoma State Park Officer Zach Early attempted to catch the injured eagle, but the water made the rescue difficult, officials said. Fortunately, fisheries technician Kendel Robbins jumped into the cold water and rescued the eagle.
The eagle was taken to the Tulsa Zoo to be treated by veterinarians, who discovered the injuries were from a gunshot, officials said.
Officials told 2 Works for You that the zoo's staff conducted an assessment on the eagle as well as cleaned and dressed the right wing, which has a large hole. Staff is also providing the eagle with fluids and pain relief.
Veterinarians say they expect the eagle to survive, but doubt it will be able to fly again.
The eagle is expected to be rehabilitated within two to three months, officials said. If the eagle is unable to fly, then officials say it will live out the rest of it's life in a pre-controlled setting.
Officials say discovering eagles who are shot is not a common occurrence.
Anyone with information regarding the eagle is asked to contact Adair at 918-533-2679 or contact the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-522-4572.
Officials say you can remain anonymous and may be given a reward leading to the conviction of this crime.
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