A bald eagle infected with avian influenza was euthanized on Saturday after the bird was found exhibiting strange behavior at Sampson State Park in Romulus.
The park manager at Sampson State Park called the Finger Lakes Raptor Center (FLRC) around 10 p.m. on Friday, April 29. The park manager placed the call after witnessing an adult eagle fall out of a tree and land in the shrubbery below. He suspected the bird had Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) due to the bird’s unusual behavior.
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The chain of events
Infection was confirmed after FLRC took the bald eagle to Cornell Wildlife Hospital the following morning, where the eagle was subsequently euthanized after showing “neurological signs” of HPAI in raptors. The death rate of raptors with HPAI is almost 100%, according to FLRC.
“There is not enough space, time, or resources to try and treat this, and trying to do so could jeopardize all the other birds in care, but it is still sad that this majestic symbol of our country will no longer be soaring over Sampson State Park,” said the organization in a Facebook post.
Full posted statement from FLRC
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