High Alert’: Mystery illness killing bald eagles in Western U.S. — Wings paralyzed, full blown seizures — Experts: “Very big concern”… “Never seen anything like this”… “We just don’t know what’s going on” (VIDEOS)
December 29th, 2013
KUTV, Dec. 28, 2013: Wildlife experts are on high alert as more bald eagles are found suffering from a mysterious illness [...] It’s a very big concern. Wildlife experts have never seen anything like this before with bald eagles. […] Wildlife experts have never seen bald eagles suffer like this before in Utah and scientists are unsure of what is making them ill.
KSTU, Dec. 15, 2013: Officials thought the symptoms might have been from lead poisoning, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. [...] “I don’t think words can describe what you see and what you feel, and the helplessness and trying to figure out what’s going on,” [DaLyn Erickson, executive director at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah] said. Symptoms suffered by the birds include, leg paralysis, wing paralysis, head tremors and seizures.
WTMJ, Dec. 26, 2013: Wildlife experts say they’ve never seen anything like this before. [...] “Weakness in the legs, weakness in the wings. And then very quickly move into having tremors, and then full blown seizures.”
KSL, Dec. 23, 2013: The wildlife folks are considering all possibilities but admit this is a strange situation. “No, we’ve never had this many birds come in of one species, and as quickly in as short a span of time, and having them all die,” Erickson-Marthaler said. >> Watch report here