Release Date: 01/30/2007

On Jan. 21, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents rescued an injured bald eagle off Highway 112 in Beauregard Parish.

Agents received a call from an Oakdale resident that was traveling on Highway 112 to Deridder, and noticed a large bird of prey injured on the side of the road.  The caller advised agents the bird looked too large to be a hawk and that it may be an eagle.

Lt. Jesse Savoie and Sgt. David Liles responded to the location and identified the injured bird as a juvenile bald eagle.  The eagle had been struck by a vehicle and suffered a broken wing.  The eagle was alive, and agents placed it in a pet carrier and transported the eagle to a rehabilitation facility in Lake Charles. 

The eagle made the trip in fine shape and was released to Suzie Heck, owner of a federally licensed animal rehabilitation clinic.  Heck informed the agents that the bald eagle was approximately three years old and that the eagle would be brought to a veterinarian to assess the damage to the broken wing.  Heck also explained that the eagle was in good health and there was a good possibility the eagle could fly again after the treatment.

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2469 or at klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov.