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JLB768
11-10-2012, 00:21
At 44, I've only briefly seen a bald eagle twice in my life. I can't believe someone would shoot one for any reason, but apparently they do. This happened not too far from us...

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/hikers-find-fatally-shot-bald-eagle-in-hoosier-national-forest-dnr-officials-investigating

frizz
11-10-2012, 00:38
Disgusting. This is not a game animal.

Angry Fist
11-10-2012, 00:49
I used to work at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. They had a small Southern Bald Eagle on a chain for their Birds of Prey show. Pissed me off to no end.

concretefuzzynuts
11-10-2012, 01:19
That is sad. When I lived in Wa State I had a nesting pair in our trees.

okie
11-10-2012, 01:35
Who ever did that needs to be strung up:upeyes:

JLB768
11-10-2012, 01:54
Disgusting. This is not a game animal.

The symbol of America, and they just shoot it.

JLB768
11-10-2012, 01:55
Who ever did that needs to be strung up:upeyes:

I agree Mark.

Arc Angel
11-10-2012, 04:41
There are actually quite a few American Bald Eagles in and around northeastern Pennsylvania. I got my first real good, up close and personal look at one of these birds about 7 years ago. We were walking on a trail in Tobyhanna State Park; as we crested a hill there was a beaver hut just out in the water in front of us.

Our Dachshund barked; I looked; and there it was! A large magnificent Bald Eagle with a bright white head! My Dachshund wouldn't keep quiet; and the eagle slowly lofted himself into the air, spread his 3 foot wide wings, and gently sailed off across the marsh. For a fellow who was in The Audubon Society for more than 10 years, and never seen an Eagle before, that was quite a thrill.

Did you ever see the, 'Married With Children' show about the Bundy's trip to Florida where they met, 'the man who knew Andy Griffith'? Well, I once spent two days birding with none other than Roger Tory Peterson! He was one of the nicest people I've ever met - A real gentleman with beautiful social manners! We've, probably, got a large wild bird feeder in the backyard today because of him! :supergrin:

packin23
11-10-2012, 05:10
There's no way whoever shot it could have mistaken a bird that large for anything other than what it is.

Those birds are amazing. A buddy and I were on lake Marion fishin' and three bald eagles were flying around over us making all sorts of noise. Two of the birds kept flying real fast at each other with their talons exposed and then break away. This went on for a good 20 or 30 minutes until at about 100 ft or so above the lake they actually locked talons with each other. Now I had seen this on the discovery channel and thought this type of behavior happened only in Alaska. Anyhow, when they locked up they started to fall with their wings fully extended out spinning in circles. They fell all the way until about 10 ft from the surface of the lake where they broke loose and one flew away with the other eagle that wasn't involved in the dogfight.

All of this happened no more than 50 ft from where we were spec fishin'. We both couldn't believe that we had actually witnessed that behavior so close to us. They didn't seem to care that we were there. We caught a lot of fish and saw a helluva cool show in the sky. Why anyone would want to shoot a beautiful bird like that is beyond me.

JMS
11-10-2012, 05:20
They are a protected species, I believe by federal law.

Baba Louie
11-10-2012, 05:28
I can't believe someone would shoot one for any reason, but apparently they do.Yet another excellent and valid reason for anti-gunners to point to in their effort to deny ownership of arms to citizens. Moronic behavior on so many levels. (both the idiot that shot Raptor and the antis who generalize)

I've been blessed to see Baldies in Missouri (Truman Reservoir), Kansas (Tuttle Creek Reservoir), Colorado, Utah and Nevada. I have watched them fish and fight and soar out of sight above me. Often thought, if reincarnation is an option (I'd probably end up a starling or hummingbird, but the thought is there)

These people are wonderful in what they do for injured Raptors.
http://www.rmrp.org/

tarpleyg
11-10-2012, 05:32
I see a bald eagle almost every time I head out on the lake. Beautiful animals. I'd like to believe this one was killed through ignorance or by mistake but who knows.

http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/jord/activities.php

GreenDrake
11-10-2012, 07:03
Come on up to North Idaho, we have platoons of Bald Eagles here. One morning I took my pontoon boat up to the river and was anchored out under a bridge having some coffee, waiting for the river to wake up, when WHAM, a bald eagle slammed into the water in front of me, pulled out a cutthroat trout and flew right past me, looking at me as if to say "that's how it's done, son." Coolest moment ever.

TBO
11-10-2012, 07:08
Lots of them in MN.
Not surprised by this. Idiots abound.
I made a career out of processing then. Nothing unique about idiots, much less than a dime a dozen.

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JLB768
11-10-2012, 11:11
There's no way whoever shot it could have mistaken a bird that large for anything other than what it is.



Well, the only season in at the moment, is deer, and I've never seen a bird with antlers. It was no mistake...

HollowHead
11-10-2012, 11:16
They are a protected species, I believe by federal law.


I believe various Indian tribes are allowed to harvest them limited quota. HH

JLB768
11-10-2012, 11:17
Lots of them in MN.
Not surprised by this. Idiots abound.
I made a career out of processing then. Nothing unique about idiots, much less than a dime a dozen.

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Yeah, I'm not really surprised either, just makes me sick. Both times that I saw one, I was really stunned at what I was seeing, and it took a second to sink in.

Bruce M
11-10-2012, 11:21
If whoever did it is caught they stand a very good chance of learning a thing or three

about the federal justice system.

Kingarthurhk
11-10-2012, 11:23
Getting ready for another extravagent White House dinner?:dunno:

janice6
11-10-2012, 11:34
Every year our whole (extended) family rent a resort and spend time in the North Woods.

The highlight of the trip is watching the Eagles and the new babys.

This is reprehensible and disgusting to do to the symbol of our country's spirit.

larry_minn
11-10-2012, 11:45
Reminds me of guy who got lost in desert. When found he had killed a condor. The judge thru it out as life/death situation. The judge asked "I have to ask, What did Condor taste like?" The man said "Kinda like adult Bald Eagle"

That out of way. I had two hang on my land two yrs ago. Never saw them after torndo ripped down the trees they were in. :( Less then 50 yds from my house.
Cabela's in Rogers MN had a Bald Eagle from rapture center. Huge bird, seemed very alert. They said its wing was broken yrs ago/could never fly again.

railfancwb
11-10-2012, 11:51
I used to work at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. They had a small Southern Bald Eagle on a chain for their Birds of Prey show. Pissed me off to no end.

Generally speaking, eagles - golden or bald - on exhibit in zoos are there because some injury would keep them from surviving in the wild. (Injury from flying into power lines is far more common than being shot.) That was the case in Nashville.

Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge near the Smokies, operates a raptor rescue center. Big thing is rescuing second and third eggs from nests, incubating them, and raising hatchlings to survive in the wild. I saw a bald eagle fishing the Tennessee River in Knoxville, probably due to this program. Bird didn't catch a fish that time...


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Kingarthurhk
11-10-2012, 12:32
Every year our whole (extended) family rent a resort and spend time in the North Woods.

The highlight of the trip is watching the Eagles and the new babys.

This is reprehensible and disgusting to do to the symbol of our country's spirit.

We're still talking about Eagles, right?

JLB768
11-10-2012, 12:46
We're still talking about Eagles, right?

Yes, a protected species, and the symbol of America.

Angry Fist
11-10-2012, 12:53
Generally speaking, eagles - golden or bald - on exhibit in zoos are there because some injury would keep them from surviving in the wild. (Injury from flying into power lines is far more common than being shot.) That was the case in Nashville.

Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge near the Smokies, operates a raptor rescue center. Big thing is rescuing second and third eggs from nests, incubating them, and raising hatchlings to survive in the wild. I saw a bald eagle fishing the Tennessee River in Knoxville, probably due to this program. Bird didn't catch a fish that time...


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I imagine so. I did not know why the bird was there, or if it had an injury, just that I didn't like seeing it chained up.

janice6
11-10-2012, 12:53
Generally speaking, eagles - golden or bald - on exhibit in zoos are there because some injury would keep them from surviving in the wild. (Injury from flying into power lines is far more common than being shot.) That was the case in Nashville.

Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge near the Smokies, operates a raptor rescue center. Big thing is rescuing second and third eggs from nests, incubating them, and raising hatchlings to survive in the wild. I saw a bald eagle fishing the Tennessee River in Knoxville, probably due to this program. Bird didn't catch a fish that time...


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One Summer my son, SIL and I, were fishing on a remote end of a North woods lake. We were anchored and casting. About 25 yards away from us, an adult Eagle and a young one were sitting on stumps sticking out of the water watching us.

We would catch small rock bass and throw them back. Some couldn't swim and flopped around on the surface.

The young one took off from his perch and went up high then dove at the flailing fish. He came in like a fighter plane, hot and low. He made a pass (about 15 feet from the boat) at the fish and missed.

He went back to the perch alongside the adult. The adult, after a couple of minutes, took off and flew about 10 to 15 feet above the water and not nearly as fast as the young one. It flew to the fish and for an instant just hung over it and put its talons around the fish, and flew back to the perch.

It was absolutely the most amazing fishing lesson I have ever seen.

Later the young one did the same thing and got his fish.

I will never forget the feeling of watching that in the wild. It was truly awesome.

Arc Angel
11-11-2012, 05:15
Come on up to North Idaho, we have platoons of Bald Eagles here. One morning I took my pontoon boat up to the river and was anchored out under a bridge having some coffee, waiting for the river to wake up, when WHAM, a bald eagle slammed into the water in front of me, pulled out a cutthroat trout and flew right past me, looking at me as if to say "that's how it's done, son." Coolest moment ever.

:shocked: Wow! What a, 'Kodak moment' THAT had to be!

Pawcatch@aol.co
11-11-2012, 05:33
I don't agree with random shooting of bald eagles,but I firmly disagree with the blanket protection of all birds of prey under any circumstances.
For instance,sheep ranchers lose countless lambs to golden eagles and have no recourse for protecting them.

That is rediculous,just as the Marine Mammal Protaction Act is.

clancy
11-11-2012, 05:33
The hunting club I belong to borders a NYC reservoir. About 30 years ago we had 2 sets of nesting bald eagles there. It wasn't long until the fishing went to hell, and several of the club members who were fanatical fishermen were upset the eagles were eating "their" fish. I hiked back to where the eagles nested one day to find the eagles gone and the trees they nested in cut down.

No one would ever say who shot them, but the general consensus among most of the club members was it was the right thing to do, as the members felt they had first dibs on the fish. I think there were maybe 3 or 4 members, including myself, who wanted to find out who did it so they could be arrested. To this day, no one has talked.