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Injured bald eagle recovering at BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops

Tasha Hall helped rescue a bald eagle from a snare in the Kootenays.
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February 03, 2017 - 12:57 PM

KAMLOOPS - An injured bald eagle is recovering in Kamloops after being trapped in a snare in the Kootenays.

B.C. Wildlife Park Care Supervisor Adrienne Clay says the eagle was trapped in a snare and had its wing injured at the wrist.

"The eagle’s swelling is down and the wounds are healing well," Clay says.

Clay says a wildlife photographer named Tasha Hall was snowmobiling near Snowshoe Lake just outside of Edgewood. Hall and a companion saw something in the bush and stopped to see what it was.

They found the bald eagle, caught in a snare trap.

"The fact that it was a snare trap probably saved its life," Clay said.

She says any other trap may have been harmful enough to fracture the bird's wing. Hall posted a video of the rescue on her YouTube page and Clay says the video shows the two rescuers doing everything right.

Clay says they covered the eagle's head with a blanket and held the bird the right way to extract it from the trap. She says she hopes this shows people that although eagles may be intimidating, it is possible to rescue them.

Clay says Hall ended up putting the eagle in a dog crate and driving it to the B.C. Wildlife Park in Kamloops and now it's recovery is coming along well.

"The eagle has moved out to a large flight pen to get its strength back," Clay says. "We anticipate the eagle being released in late winter or early spring."

You can watch the full rescue here.

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