Bountiful hikers rescue bald eagle

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BOUNTIFUL, Utah -- What started as a normal hike for a Bountiful family on Sunday turned into an attempt to rescue the national bird.

"About a mile up, the dogs were barking and running around like they normally do and we though they may have found a deer or something like that that had been down," said Taylor Schulte.

Schulte and his family found a bald eagle lying lifeless in the dirt. They thought the bird may have been afflicted with the mysterious illness that has claimed the lives of 12 other bald eagles in Utah in the past few weeks.

"We talked about that it may have that issue and we thought 'let's try to get it down the mountain' because if we wouldn't have done anything, something else would have, a predator, something would have gotten to it and it probably wouldn't have lasted a whole lot longer," Schulte said.

The hikers wrapped the bald eagle in a coat and carried it down the mountain. They contacted a specialist, who brought the bird to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah.

Officials at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center say wildlife rescue is a task best left for the experts.

"We don't know what we're dealing with here. It's best to contact the officials with the local Division of Wildlife Resources and have them retrieve the animals and bring them in to us," said Dalyn Erickson-Marthaler, Executive Director of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah.

7 comments

  • Barb

    I get what the Wildlife Division is saying and agree that it, but at least in this print they could thank these people that DID do something to try and save our national bird!!

    • Wilson

      I agree Barb, after reading the article it made me feel like Schulte had done the wrong thing. I commend him for making the initiative to help the eagle instead of leaving it to suffer or die. The news crew and wildlife management groups need to find a better way to promote the correct way to help a wild animal while providing their thanks for taking an assertive then passive action to save an animal.

  • Mugwump

    How wonderful to see a family risk their necks (physically and figuratively) to help this wounded bird. Hope the wildlife management figure out the illness soon.

    Less wonderful is the inaccurate reporting. “Lifeless in the dirt?” Lifeless means without life, kaput, dead. And it was in several feet of snow, not “in the dirt.” Details matter, writers. How are readers to believe what you say on bigger issues when you cannot get the little (very obvious) ones correct? Let’s step up the journalism here. :o)

  • Nate Collins

    Kudos to these people! I would have done the same thing. Fish & Wildlife miss the point…had this family done nothing or waited too long the majestic being would/may have died. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

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