JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A bird symbolising America’s freedom had to be liberated on Independence Day after becoming stuck in a tree in Alaska, a wildlife official said.
An adult, female bald eagle was hurt but conscious last Saturday after being untangled from a spruce tree in Juneau, The Juneau Empire reported. “She was up about 12 metres in a Sitka spruce tree,” said General Manager of the Juneau Raptor Center Kathy Benner.
The centre received the report of the stranded eagle around 10am. The bird was stuck in the tree near the historic Ernest Gruening Cabin in Ernest Gruening State Historical Park, Benner said.
Steve Lewis of the United States (US) Fish and Wildlife Service ascended the tree using climbing spikes on his shoes and carried the eagle down in a bag around 3pm.
Wildlife officials initially believed the eagle’s wing had become tethered to a tree branch by fishing line, but closer inspection revealed a cable or wire had restrained the bird, Benner said.
The eagle was taken by airplane to the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, which was expected to determine whether the bird suffered a broken bone.
The eagle appeared to be alert and “feisty” before the flight Saturday evening, Benner said.