Injured Bald Eagle Euthanized

2:01 PM, Mar 4, 2012   |    comments
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA)--The American Bald Eagle that was rescued last Saturday, Feb. 25, near the Metro tracks at Van Dorn Street Station has been euthanized.

Ken Knowles, with the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, who helped rescue the bird together with Metro and Animal Control, had been trying to rehabilitate the bird at the Conservancy's facility in Falls Church, Virginia.

This morning, Knowles told 9News that the eagle had such extensive damage to one wing that they were unable to help it and that it would not be able to survive. The Bald Eagle is a protected species under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

The remains of the eagle will be shipped to the National Repository of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Denver, Colorado.

Under an agreement with Native American tribes, the eagle's feathers will be made available to certain tribes registered with the Fish and Wildlife Service to be used for religious rituals.

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