Bald eagle, hit by car, rescued on Oregon's I-84

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

KING5.com

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 21 at 7:16 AM

A bald eagle that was rescued after being struck by a car on Interstate 84 Wednesday was in guarded condition with a broken leg and spinal trauma, the Audubon Society of Portland said.

Some drivers flagged down a fire truck on I-84, near Northeast 102nd Avenue on Wednesday afternoon to alert firefighters that the injured bird was lying on the shoulder of the road, according to Lt. Rich Chatman of Portland Fire & Rescue.

Traffic was stopped for the rescue.

Chatman said animal control officers picked up the bird, a male bald eagle with an 8-foot wingspan, and took it to the Audubon Society for evaluation.

The Audubon Society said their veterinarian will re-evaluate the bird Thursday morning, and if the eagle is stable, he will be taken for a CT scan at a local clinic to help determine the extent of its back injuries.

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