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Game warden rescues eagle hit by vehicle

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Posted at 6:06 AM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 07:06:01-05

TYLER COUNTY, TX — Texas Game Wardens said that this eagle is lucky to be alive after getting hit by a vehicle.

Tyler County Game Warden Roy Eddins helped rescue the eagle on Valentine's Day. The eagle was struck by a vehicle and sustained a broken leg.

The eagle is expected to undergo treatment to get it back to full strength and then it will be released back into the wild.

According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Bald Eagle population in Texas is divided into two populations; breeding birds and nonbreeding or wintering birds.

They said that breeding populations occur primarily in the eastern half of the state and along coastal counties from Rockport to Houston. Nonbreeding or wintering populations are located primarily in the Panhandle, Central, and East Texas, and in other areas of suitable habitat throughout the state.

Since 1981, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has conducted extensive aerial surveys to monitor Bald Eagle nesting activity.

The 2005 survey identified 160 active nests which fledged at least 204 young. This compares with only 5 known nest sites in 1971.