Injured eagle recovering at Warren sanctuary

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — A bald eagle is recovering from injuries he received in a fight with another animal.

The eagle is receiving treatment for cuts on its body and a scratch on his eye at the Birds in Flight Sanctuary in Warren. Owner Heather Merritt said they don’t think he is going to need surgery, but it will still be another three weeks before he is able to fly and catch his own food. She said he is eating well and feeling better.

“He’s on antibiotics, we’re flushing it once a day, he’s doing really good. He’s starting to feel better and he’s eating fantastic at this point,” Merritt said.

A woman found the injured bald eagle in Kinsman and brought it to a veterinarian, who contacted the sanctuary last week. Merritt said it could take a full month before it is healed enough to be released into the wild. It is not known when the eagle was found.

“The original call was that it got attacked by another bald eagle, but looking at its wounds, I don’t think so. I’m thinking more that he got attacked by a possum or raccoon because the holes are so small. He does have a large hole right around his wing and chest area, so we’re treating that right now,” Merritt said. “If he did fight with another bald eagle, the bald eagle that won has already taken over that territory so if we take him back there, he’s going to die.”

Merritt said that treating this eagle alone could cost the non-profit about $3,000, and that’s just one of the almost 1,600 birds they receive each year. The sanctuary usually gets five to 10 eagles annually. The sanctuary is currently taking care of 147 birds.

“What a lot of people don’t understand is a bald eagle to us is exactly like a red tail, barn owl or a red shoulder. They’re all the same. They all need the same amount of care,” Merritt said.

The sanctuary is a nonprofit organization, so it relies heavily on donations to provide care to injured animals.

There are several ways to support Birds in Flight Sanctuary. One is by donating online. There are several donor levels available:

  • $25 to $99.99: Wildlife Friend
  • $100 to $499.99: Wildlife Protector
  • $500 to $999.99: Wildlife Angel
  • $1,000 to $4,999.99: Wildlife Warrior
  • $5,000 to $9,999.99: Wildlife Miracle
  • $10,000 and up: Wildlife Leader
  • $1,000: Advertising on the sanctuary’s new vehicle

Donations also can be mailed to Birds in Flight Sanctuary, 8655 Warwick Drive, Warren, OH 44484.

The sanctuary also will be the sole beneficiary of a gun raffle on Sept. 13 at the Antlers and Anglers Sportsman Show at Boardman Park. Tickets are $20 each or three for $50 and only 1,000 tickets will be sold.

The raffle will include the following weapons:

  • Rock Island Armory 1911 (45 ACP)
  • S&W M&P 9c (9mm)
  • Taurus Judge (45 Colt/410)
  • Ruger 10/22 takedown (.22lr)
  • S&W M&P 15-22 (.22lr)
  • Mossberg 500 Combo (12 gauge)
  • Cimarron 1875 Outlaw (45 Colt)
  • Savage 42 (410/.22lr over under)
  • Remington 700 (.308 Win.)
  • Stag Arms Model 3 (.223)
  • Wicked Ridge Crossbow

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