American bald eagle euthanized following rescue from I-84

The eagle rescued Saturday along a stretch of I-84 between the Vernon-Tolland town line was euthanized, officials say.

Jay Lederman

Apr 11, 2023, 3:45 PM

Updated 403 days ago

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An American bald eagle rescued from I-84 by state police troopers has been euthanized due to the severity of its injuries, officials say.
Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation and Education posted a statement on its Facebook page Monday which read in part, "Sadly, because of the proximity to the joint, the prognosis for the repair of the fracture and restoration of normal, pain-free mobility was very poor. While the Clinic’s primary goal is always to treat and release its patients back into the wild, due to the severity of the injury, the difficult but humane decision to euthanize the bird was made."
The eagle was rescued Saturday along a stretch of I-84 between the Vernon-Tolland town line.
State Police Troop C released the video which shows dispatcher Kimberly Gambacorta, who also serves as a local Animal Control officer, responding to assist in wrangling the bird of prey.
The death of the injured bird comes just a few weeks after another eagle in Connecticut died at a rehab facility after ingesting a rodent that consumed rat poison.


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