Last week, an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officer rescued an injured bald eagle found near U.S. Highway 67/167 in Jackson County. AGFC wildlife officer Sgt. Ron Davidson captured the injured bird on the highway just south of Newport.
Around 12 p.m. on Jan. 24, the Jackson County sheriff’s office and AGFC responded to a call regarding the injured eagle.
Davidson was able to capture the eagle with a blanket and transport it to the Southwest Drive Veterinary Clinic in Jonesboro. An x-ray of the bird’s wing appears to show pellets fired from an apparent shotgun.
Once the bird is healthy again, it will be released back into the wild after rehabilitation.
The bird was the second rescued by AGFC wildlife officers last week. Another eagle, that the AGFC believes was hit by a vehicle, was captured in Monroe County earlier last week.
Anyone with information on the eagle’s injuries should call 800-482-9262. A reward of up to $1,000 is available for information leading to an arrest.
Info via Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Images via Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
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