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Bald eagle rescued from Paul Lake near Kamloops has died

This bald eagle succumbed to its injuries Sunday night, July 4, 2021, at the Kamloops Wildlife Park. It seemed to be making some progress with wing movement but couldn't get the strength back in its legs.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Doug Giles
July 09, 2021 - 6:00 AM

The bald eagle that was rescued from the shores of Paul Lake northeast of Kamloops late last month has died.

Paul Lake resident and wildlife advocate, Doug Giles, had discovered the bird on the shoreline, June 23, wet and unable to fly.

“I think what may have happened is it went after something in the water and couldn't get back out,” Giles said. “It likely had to swim to shore in high waves with the wind that day and the feathers got soaked.”

READ MORE: Kamloops wildlife photographer rescues eagle from Paul Lake

Giles took the eagle to the B.C. Wildlife Park where the bird was rehydrated and given X-rays. No injuries were found and recovery seemed possible at that time.

Giles was contacted by the park today, July 8, and told that the bird had died.

“They don’t know why,” Giles said. “It could have come down to old age. If it was one of the nesting pairs at Paul Lake it could be at least 15 years old. They live to an average age of 20 years. I suspect it just couldn’t overcome the trauma it went through.”

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