LOUISVILLE (WATE) – Officials at a Blount County veterinary clinic say an American bald eagle found dead Monday in a yard died of a broken neck after flying into power lines.
The homeowners said they returned home from an outing to find the eagle in their yard. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says the homeowner contacted Zoo Knoxville, who in turn contacted bird rehabilitation group Upstate Birds of Prey. The group took the eagle to Countryside Veterinary Services but the eagle had died. Officials there say an X-ray confirmed the broken neck and a neighbor saw it fly into the power lines.
The eagle’s remains will be sent to a repository in Colorado.
TWRA turned the investigation over to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The bald eagle was once on the list of threatened and endangered species. As our national symbol, laws prohibit killing, selling or harming eagles, their nests, or eggs.