Pickett County wildlife officer Craig Norris and Clay County wildlife sergeant Bill Moulton retrieved an injured, juvenile bald eagle from the Meetinghouse Branch in Pickett County on March 6. The bald eagle was tangled in a discarded limbline, used to catch catfish. The eagle was taken to Dr. Dawn Lindsey, with the Clay County Animal Hospital. The fishing line was removed and the eagle was fed with trout from The Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery. It is expected to recover.
Officer Norris heard of an injured eagle on Monday. Norris searched the area, but did not find the bird. On Tuesday, Norris received a second notification about the eagle and was able to locate the bird early in the day. Norris, who had been part of the bald eagle hacking program in 1988, was grateful to see the bird to safety. Norris stated, “Please contact the TWRA office whenever you see something out of the ordinary. Never assume someone else has. If you see something, say something. In this case, it saved a bald eagle.”
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