Injured Eagle Rescued Near Cantonment Has Died

May 19, 2017

An eagle initially rescued by a group of a good Samaritans earlier this month near Cantonment has died.

The injured eagle was left in the roadway after it flew into a car ahead of Alexis Rivers on Beulah Road, near the Perdido Landfill, on May 6. The eagle did not try to get out of the road, so Alexis’ husband Rotario stepped up to carefully move it off of the asphalt.

The eagle was taken to the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida to recover.  The sanctuary has confirmed that the eagle died from liver damage and toxins in its system, not the car crash.

Photos courtesy Alexis Rivers for, click to enlarge.


6 Responses to “Injured Eagle Rescued Near Cantonment Has Died”

  1. Warren C. Whitehead on May 22nd, 2017 5:03 pm

    Old pesticides like DDT and Chlordane were chlorinated hydrocarbons and were designed to last for years. They have all been banned since about 1988. The residue in the killed insect or animal lasted for years and damaged animals further up the food chain. Hawks and eagles laid eggs with soft shells and the baby didn’t hatch.

    Newer pesticides like Malathion, Chlorpyrifos and Parathion are organophosphates and are nerve toxins which they decompose rather quickly. You can eat vegetables in about a week after they were sprayed by these pesticides.

    What a shame to loose an adult Bald Eagle.

    A retired chemist.

  2. Howie on May 21st, 2017 10:28 pm

    One-third of the food we produce globally winds up in a landfill. That’s everything from fugly-looking vegetables that never even make it to store shelves to last night’s forgotten leftovers. And while throwing moldy bread and stale chips in the trash seems like the end of the story, it’s only the beginning.

    Food doesn’t stop being food when it hits a landfill. And all sorts of animals are all too happy to swoop down and gorge themselves on our scraps. Our waste has the power to kill animals. Food for thought, the next time you throw away that soggy sandwich.

    So, our garbage creates long-lasting effects in animals. Unless we undergo a serious and long-overdue behavioral change of our own, the rise in death of animals will continue.

  3. Sam on May 19th, 2017 2:57 pm

    Before we jump to conclusions and start blaming agricultural chemicals and farmers, r scientific research and statistics prove the incidence of pesticide misuse dramatically shows the highest rate of incidents come from homeowners and unlicensed applicators, not farmers, ranchers, and licensed applicators. Also, most rodenticides produced today are engineered to be terminal to the initial user and are inactive to other animals (such as predators who eat the dead rodents) further down the food chain. Any doubts, google what I have said. Local land grant universities (UF, AU, UGA, MS-State) all have research to prove the above statements.

    All that said, I hate the eagle died. I have seen them eating roadkill in Pace, Navarre, and Walnut Hill in the past 3 months for some reason.

  4. Mark on May 19th, 2017 7:25 am

    It probably ate a rodent that had been poisoned, actually really common unfortunately.

  5. Jane on May 19th, 2017 3:26 am

    Another reason to stop using pesticides and poison. The stuff that starts by killing something like ants works it’s way up the food chain. So sad this beautiful bird died.

  6. Hummmm on May 19th, 2017 1:45 am

    Liver damage and toxins… Anything to do with the area in which this magnificent bird seemed to have lived..?

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