Cape Wildlife Center Forced to Euthanize Bald Eagle

BARNSTABLE – The Cape Wildlife Center recently had to euthanize an American Bald Eagle after the bird was brought in in severe distress.

Vets at the center determined the likely culprit in the bird’s condition was anti rodent poison and veterinarians at the center are urging the public to use environmentally friendly methods of dealing with rodents.

The Center sees the issue hundreds of times a year in its hospitals. The problem is the anti-coagulant properties of the poisons, birds of prey either eat the bait itself or eat animals that have ingested the material. It works by preventing blood clotting causing uncontrolled bleeding in even minor wounds.

Secondary poisoning is the most common cause of death in birds of prey since poisoned rodents are a very common food source for the animals.

The problem of secondary poisoning is also common in large mammals.

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