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Who do I call about Bald Eagle chick?

I found this white chick, very fluffy, quite large. lying on the ground with a little blood in its wing. I took it inside carefully, bandaged up the gash in its wing that looked like a branch snagged it, and put it in a box full of cotton and covered that up with a wire net.

It was out there since I got up this morning, but I didn't get a good look at it until now. I looked for it online and I finally came up with a bald eagle chick. I don't know what to do with it, since they just stopped being endangered (right?) and the people could blame me for hurting it or something. It is illegal for a regular person to keep a bald eagle, I think, but there are no wildlife naturalists in the area.The chick is hardly breathing, and it looks like its asleep but it could be dying.


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Whether the bald eagle is helpless or injured may make a difference in the care it receives. The first thing to consider is the developmental stage of the eagle. If you encounter an eagle chick less than six weeks of age, the possibility that the chick will imprint on you or other humans is a serious concern. If this happens, the eagle may never be able to fend for itself in the wild ever again. Even if the bird appears unharmed, since bald eagles are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Act and the Bald Eagle Protection Act, you must have permission from a wildlife official to care for it.

If the bald eagle is injured, your first course of action is to notify wildlife officials or the police as quickly as possible and then return to the site to watch the eagle and wait for the officials. Birds of prey require special diets and care. To prevent nutritional or behavioral problems, it's important for these birds to be cared for by trained personnnel.

There may be unusual situations where you feel you must take action. In this situation, the proper action would be to move the bird with extreme care. Wear heavy gloves if possible. Place the eagle in a cardboard box with ventilation holes placed near the base of the box. The less room the bird has to move around, the better. Place the bird in a warm, dark, quiet place and call for help immediately. Do not feed the eagle and do not place it near people (especially children) or pets.

For more information about handling injured birds, visit The Raptor Center.

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Call your local wild animal rescue. If you can't find one, call the spca in your area or any other local animal rescue group - they'll have a contact.