Central Texas state game warden rescues injured bald eagle

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Published: Jan. 1, 2019 at 1:51 PM CST
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A Texas Game Warden, acting on a tip, rescued an injured bald eagle in early November which, after rehabilitation, should return to the wild after making a full recovery.

A caller reported finding the injured bird, our national symbol, and directed the game warden to where it was found, a news release from the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife, says.

The warden recovered the injured bird and delivered it to Last Chance Forever, a wildlife and avian rehabilitation center, which sent an expert to claim the bird for rehab and to help the warden investigate how the eagle was injured in the first place.

Both federal and state statutes are in place to protect bald eagles and other birds and wildlife so if a responsible party could be identified, there could be an arrest.

After intensive investigation, however, the warden and the civilian investigator determined the bird injured itself during a storm when it hit a power line.

The eagle also showed signs of having been attacked by some type of predator after the injury, while it was unable to fly and was on the ground.

“The eagle is expected to make a full recovery and will be released back into the wild soon,” the release said.

Also, wardens on Dec. 9 in Brazos County, a game warden responded to a poaching in progress call after a county sheriff’s deputy detained two people who were trying to leave the property where the poaching had been reported.

The two detained suspects to hog hunting and not knowing whose property they were on, a TPWD news release says.

Those two also told the warden there was a third man hiding on the property, though the release did not say the third suspect was caught.

The warden used a GPS tracker they discovered upon investigation, which ultimately provided investigators with the precise route the hunters used to track the hog.

The animal’s carcass later was located on the property.

TPWD wardens contacted the landowner and told him cases for hunting without landowner consent are pending.