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Bald Eagle Rescued After Being Hit By Car On Interstate 84 (PHOTO, VIDEO)

 During the winter food can become scarce for lots of wildlife. For birds of prey, many will revert to eating roadkill along roads and highways during this time. In Oregon this week, a male bald eagle was reportedly feeding on such a meal near highway I-84 when he was hit by a car.

Lieutenant Rich Chatman of Portland Fire & Rescue reported that several drivers who pulled over hailed a passing firetruck in order to inform firefighters that the eagle was injured. A rescue team quickly responded and shut down at least two lanes of westbound traffic on the highway in order to save the protected eagle. Other people in passing cars began to comment on Twitter about the injured bird.

According to Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Don Hamilton, Multnomah County Animal Control transported the bald eagle to the Audubon Society of Portland for evaluation after being rescued. The I-84 traffic was disrupted for no more than 20 minutes.

According to a tweet from the local TV station KATU News on an update concerning the injured bird's condition, "He has a broken leg and injuries to both feet after being hit by car. He's been stabilized and X-rayed."

Though the bald eagle was once listed as an endangered species, the population has now rebounded to the point that the animal is no longer considered endangered or threatened, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. However, the eagle is still protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, which prohibits people from taking or selling a bald or golden eagle, or any part of their nests.

Thanks to all those who went out of their way that day to save the life of a majestic bird that is the symbol of freedom to Americans. Without their help it would have been a tragic outcome for the injured eagle.

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Responses to "Bald Eagle rescued from certain death on an Oregon highway"

  1. Anonymous says:

    I Am Glad We Have People That Care About Wildlife!! It Would Have Surely Died If They Hadn't Helped When They Did!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Amazing! I hope that this beautiful eagle will be ok an I hope that u will keep me posted on how he/she's doin. Good luck lil birdie :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    That is an awesome bird! I like how they new exactly how to handle him. Very cool!

  4. I have seen these birds fish the rivers for salmon. Diving head first from several thousand feet in the air, when one snatches a 20 pound fish, and they never miss the target, you suddenly realize how inadequate you feel with simple fingernails.

  5. Phoenix says:

    I am so glad people were able and willing to help this beautiful bird. Living in a rural area as I do it is helpful to keep a small shovel in the trunk of my car. When I see roadkill, as I do just about every time I go out, if I have time, and can do so without becoming roadkill myself, I try to move it onto the grassy area beyond the shoulder, to give the cleanup crew a safe place to work. Even the farthest inner part of the shoulder is an improvement over the double yellow line!

  6. Anonymous says:

    love u Oregon Firefighters

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thanks to the Rescue people involved

  8. God bless these people ..... ;-)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Awesome, what a honor to be able to do something like that.

  10. egoboy says:

    anamiewin miggisins!

  11. Unknown says:

    Just sooo glad this poor fellow was rescued

  12. Anonymous says:

    These people are good people

  13. Anonymous says:

    Doing something like this is "A Once In A Lifetime" opportunity! Totally Dig it!!! All You Folks Involved Rock!!! So Awesome!!!

  14. Phoenix. I have never thought of your suggestion..Thank you! I am putting a shovel in my car in the morning. I am not only happy to see this crew rescue this bird from eminent death but also lets keep in mind if this is recent these birds are now laying their eggs. It is that time of year they need to be at the nest. By the looks of this majestic bird he/she most likely has a nest it needs to get back to. I hope they are able to rehabilitate quickly so the nest can survive. These firemen/wildlife commission people involved deserve great recognition. Thanks to those who care and have compassion for our wildlife...

  15. SCOTT CRAVENS FLA. says:

    Wow... Great rescue! Look very bright and alert, probably no head injury. Perfect candidate for rehab. Just want to THANK the persons that alerted the authorities so promptly and defiantly saved the life of a magnificent soul.

  16. COLib says:

    Thanks to everyone who cared enough to do the right thing for a magnificent eagle. Makes me feel good to know there are still good people out there.

  17. Brem says:

    I am so impressed..wow what a wonderful thing these people do. I have never had the wonderful opportunity to see one of these majestic and so beautiful birds in real life but maybe someday...Just love this...Thanks so much to the people that stopped and saved this beautiful bird...

  18. Anonymous says:

    There is no words that can be spoken of the kindness and heart warming efforts the rescue team and people that got involved for saving and caring with this beautiful animal one of God creatures.............Just watching the video I cannot stop the tears of of care of handling this crisis...Thanks to all of u and may u rest a sure that people watch and had a touch of care in their hearts for u all. Thank u..............[=

  19. Anonymous says:

    Kudos to all that participated in rescuing this magestic creature from God.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Awesome job!! thank you firefighters for saving the eagle

  21. Anonymous says:

    I hope that our bald eagle does ll do okok He has alot of spunk so hopefully he wi

  22. Anonymous says:

    a'ho (thank you ) for your unselfish act of kindness !!

  23. Anonymous says:

    A great big thanks to the rescuers! And, the eagle deserves credit, too, for behaving so well in such a scary situation.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Let's all go back to walking and riding horses because then we won't be running into bald eagles, or any other birds with our automobiles!

  25. Anonymous says:

    An off duty fireman in NC stopped and picked up an injured bald eagle. It had an eye injured. They took it to a special center.

  26. Ms Faith Mone says:

    Thanks so very much to all who participated in the rescue of this most majestic symbol . I live in the south central part of New York, and we do see the eagles from time to time. It is so awesome to watch them over our rivers, hunting for food. Thank all of you for your help.

  27. Bo says:

    Just awesome! God bless all involved in helping one of the most magnificent animals on the planet! Bo

  28. Anonymous says:

    KODO's to those that stopped and assisted that beautiful creature. So many time people pretend to be just to busy to care.

  29. Anonymous says:

    The Eagle could learn much from the Crow.

  30. Anonymous says:

    I've always loved the eagle. So glad they were able to help him. I wish we could get an update on how he's progressing.

  31. Anonymous says:

    The Great Spirit, sent caretakers to help his messenger, the Eagle, may those who helped be blessed, this video brought tears to my eyes. If we could only find this compassion for all of the Creators two legged, it would be a be a better world.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Радваме се,че такава красива птица е спасена!

  33. How can you not see an eagle on the road? And how can a person callously just leave it for dead? So sad.

  34. Anonymous says:

    God Bless These People. I pray that the eagle will be healthy and well looked after. <3

  35. Anonymous says:

    I tried to rescue a Red Tailed Hawk in N. GA bout yr ago and a ranger warned me if I tried to save it I would get arrested. He said to leave it defend for itself. Well....I wanted to cry...I had blanket n cage to fix its wing later or take it to someone who could help it. I went back later to look for it and make sure ranger was gone....but couldnt find the Hawk.

  36. Anonymous says:

    THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART AND BEHALF OF MY NATIVE AMERICAN PEOPLE THIS BIRD IS VERY..VERY..VERY SACRED TO US ...WHO WOULD DO SUCH A THING TO A BEAUTIFUL CREATURE THAT PROTECTS US IN THE SKY IT REALLY PISSES ME OFF TO SEE SUCH A THING BUT IT TAKES REAL PEOPLE WHO HAS A HEART TO COME IN HELP THIS BEAUTIFUL BALD EAGLE ....THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH LOVE THE WAY YOU GUYS HANDLED IT AS YOU DID YOU WERE BLESSED IN MANY WAYS GOOD THINGS WILL COME YOUR WAY ......THANK YOU

  37. Anonymous says:

    Bless and keep you safe. thank you all.

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