Caught by Hunger, Saved with Care

A team in Letcher County, Kentucky, rescues a bald eagle, releasing it back to the winter sky.


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Last week Dale Brown was out walking on his property near Dry Fork, Kentucky, when he heard a noise and went to investigate. He found a bald eagle caught in a steel coyote trap. Someone had put the trap out with pork in it as bait; Dale and others guess that the eagle was hungry and trying to retrieve the meat.

One of the eagle’s claws was caught in the trap. Brown called Frank Campbell with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Campbell called Mitch Whitaker, a master falconer who works at the Letcher County Cooperative Extension Office.