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Sick And Dead Bald Eagles Investigated By B.C. Wildlife Officials

04/05/2013 11:59 EDT | Updated 06/05/2013 05:12 EDT
AP
Wildlife officials in Kamloops are investigating an increase in calls in sick and dead bald eagles.

Three sick eagles were found last weekend and the carcasses of two others were found this week.

“We do treat eagles regularly but generally not this many calls in one week or just a couple of days,” said Tara Geiger, an animal care specialist at the B.C. Wildlife Park.

Wildlife officials say it's too early to tell if the sick and dead birds could be linked.

Geiger says tests are being conducted to determine the source of the illness.

“They’ve just since been sent to our provincial lab and they will do some testing on them as well as the contents that came from the crops of the sick eagles,” she said.

"We're jumping from anywhere from rotten meat to potentially a poison of some sort that was in the meat or a toxin, maybe even pentobarbital which is a barbiturate which is used for euthanasia."

The sick eagles have since recovered and been released.

Preliminary lab results are expected next week.

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