Officials: Pa. eagle fed fish snagged with hooks, line to eaglet

Pennsylvania
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Authorities say a bald eagle carried a fish snagged with multiple hooks and fishing line back to its Pittsburgh nest and fed it to one of the two eaglets, but it’s unclear whether the young bird swallowed a hook.

Executive director Jim Bonner of the Audubon Society of western Pennsylvania told the Tribune-Review that the case is “a cautionary tale for debris left such as fishing line.”

The month-old eagle chicks are the ninth and tenth raised by the pair over seven years on a hillside above the Monongahela River. Audubon and CSE Corp. operate a live webcam on the nest.

Bonner says if a bird ingested the hook, the prognosis wouldn’t be good. Both eaglets seemed in good health afterward, but Audubon and others will continue to monitor them.

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4/28/2019 11:46:12 AM (GMT -4:00)

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