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B.C. man retrieves eagle he thought dead — until it woke up in his backseat

Local Conservation Officer Joel Kline attended to secure the injured eagle in a kennel.
Image Credit: RCMP / Press release
October 31, 2020 - 11:58 AM

A 100 Mile House man got the scare of a lifetime when an eagle he picked up thinking it was dead came to life in the back of his minivan.

The man came across the eagle, which he believed was struck by a vehicle and killed along Highway 97 Oct. 21, according to an RCMP release.

He put the bird in the back of his van, intending to drop it off at the local Conservation Officer Service in 100 Mile House. 

As he arrived in town, however, the eagle suddenly woke up from what was likely a concussion-induced sleep and scared the life of out the driver. He drove directly to the RCMP detachment, where an officer assisted him and contacted Conservation Officers. 

Local Conservation Officer Joel Kline attended to secure the injured eagle in a kennel.
Local Conservation Officer Joel Kline attended to secure the injured eagle in a kennel.
Image Credit: RCMP / Press release

The eagle was safely placed in a kennel and is currently in the care of Conservation Officers. The eagle is doing well and plans are in the works to have it taken to a veterinarian, then transported to a rehabilitation facility in the Lower Mainland.

100 Mile House RCMP urge the public to be cautious when approaching any wild animal that looks deceased. Otherwise, you risk ending up with an upset eagle flapping around in the backseat of your minivan.  

- This story was originally published Oct. 22, 2020.


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