February 7 started off as a good day for this Golden Eagle. She spent the morning feasting on an all-you-can-eat buffet of elk meat from a carcass she had found, and she was about to fly off to find a comfortable perch on which she could sit and digest her meal. Unfortunately, she never made it there.
As the eagle took flight, she passed over the same strip of pavement on which the elk had met his end. Possibly weighed down by a full stomach, the eagle nearly became roadkill herself—she was struck by a truck and instantly grounded. She was retrieved from the roadside by a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife enforcement officer who delivered her to PAWS the next day.
The Golden Eagle’s intake examination revealed a fractured left coracoid bone (a bone of the shoulder girdle) and a fractured left radius (one of the wing bones). She also suffered trauma to one of her eyes.
The Eagle is currently stable, but her prognosis is guarded due to the serious nature of her injuries.