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How our Injured Golden Eagle Cara was rescued
Golden Eagle Rescued at Fish Lake Utah in 1990
This is a surprise letter we received from Rhonda Byer
Dear Peter Dubacher
I can not tell you just how happy I am to have found that
Cara is doing fine and to hear about her offspring, Daphne, being set
free in the wild gives me goose-bumps!
The following is a summary of the events that occurred
on that fateful day.
I made reference to the pictures which show the Ranger, and someone
he had in the truck with him, me and my son, Joshua. My husband Dave
took the pictures.
It was the summer of 1990. We were traveling down Hwy
62 in Utah on our way to Fish Lake for a vacation when we spotted something
on the road ahead of us. It was a golden eagle sitting of the highway,
so we pulled over because we knew something must be wrong. There were
not outward signs of trauma, but something was very wrong. WE did not
know what to do, but then we remembered that we had been traveling behind
a forest rangers vehicle. When I looked down the highway I could still
see him driving away and we wondered why he did not stop because he
must have seen the eagle sitting there too. Suddenly the rangers vehicle
slowed down and made a u-turn and drove back to us.
We told him that we were sure glad he returned because
we were unsure of how to handle the eagle to get him medical help. The
ranger said he was stationed in Fish Lake - just where we were going!
He said he would take the bird to the ranger station and get help for
it. But my gut instinct said that I was not going to leave the care
of this eagle in the hands of the ranger who had already left this bird
in the first place!. So we followed him to Fish Lake and checked in
to the cabin where we were staying. I then immediately went to the ranger
station to follow through with what ever had to be done to get the proper
care for this eagle. When I got to the ranger station I saw the eagle
just sitting in the middle of the room. The ranger proceeded to make
his lunch, and I was getting upset and asked him if he would PLEASE
call who ever it is who rescues eagles. He made a call to someone and
said that he was waiting for a call back from someone. I inquired to
the ranger about at least providing some water for the eagle because
she appeared very thirsty. He provided a bowl of water and gave us a
piece of baloney to feed her. She did not want the baloney (I didnt
blame her) but she did drink water from the bowl.
We waited awhile for that call to come in, but no one
called. So we left for a while and returned later that day to discover
that a man from Cedar City, Utah had been there and picked her up. We
were sad because we wanted to see her once more and I also wanted to
know who took her and what were they going to do for her, etc.
I could not shake the feeling inside and the voice that
kept telling me that I must find out what is happening to her. So the
next day I went to see the Ranger and he told me it was Mr Tyner who
picked her up and brought her to Cedar City to get the medical attention
she needed. Mr. Tyner is a falconer who rescues wild life in southern
Utah. The ranger called Mr. Tyner and let me speak to him. Mr. Tyner
told me that the eagle had been shot with many birdshot pellets by someone
and she may be blind by now. Since we were heading back to California
in a few days, we arranged a meeting to see the eagle on our way back
home. On that day my son had accidentally got a fishing hook stuck in
his hand so by the time we got done at the hospital in Richfield, Utah,
and made it to Cedar City, Utah we had missed seeing the eagle by a
couple of hours. Her initial medical treatments were through the people
who were to care for her during her rehabilitation had picked her up
that afternoon and taken her to Moab, Utah
Eagle Rescue part 2
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