Injured eagle found on busy road in North Fort Myers had to be put down

Author: Paul Dolan Writer: Elyssa Morataya
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Eagles have a special place here in Southwest Florida. Whether it’s the Southwest Florida eagle cam nest that many tune into during eagle mating season or eagles being cared for by the Clinic for the Rehabiltation of Wildlife.

On Sunday morning, Georgie Oshiro saw an injured bald eagle limping down U.S. 41, off Pondella Road in North Fort Myers.

“I noticed that it was lifting itself up on its wings and walking on its wings into the median,” said Oshiro.

Oshiro said the eagle was limping, so he called wildlife authorities to help.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office pulled up and blocked off part of the road to make sure nobody ran the eagle over.

There was a dead animal that appeared to be run over nearby.

The eagle could have been trying to get a quick meal when something went wrong, but Oshiro wasn’t sure that’s what happened.

“I saw that armadillo in the middle of the road, and then I saw the eagle dragging its way off the road,” said Oshiro, “I did not see it actually trying to feed on the armadillo.”

The injured eagle was eventually brought to Blue Pearl Animal Hospital for its injuries. It was then transferred to CROW, but sadly, CROW told us the bird had to be put down.

The bald eagle had severe spinal cord injuries and permanent paralysis. The veterinary team determined humane euthanasia was the only treatment.

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