DULUTH, Minn. - A second mishap in a matter of months has claimed the life of an eagle recently treated at the Raptor Center in St. Paul.
The eagle was found dead Monday night along the St. Louis River near the town of Brookston, tangled in fishing line.
"Judging from the condition of the carcass, it had been dead for two or three days," Mike Schrage,wildlife biologist for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, told the Duluth News Tribune.
A band on the leg of the dead eagle confirms he is the same raptor that was involved in a mid-air collision with another eagle in mid-May at the Duluth Airport. The two eagles were fighting in flight when they became tangled and plunged to the tarmac.
One eagle was able to free himself and fly away, while the second was transported to the Raptor Center and treated for his injuries. The bird of prey was released back to the wilds June 12.
"It made a beeline back to where it had come from," Schrage said.
The incident serves as a powerful reminder of how important it is for anglers to properly dispose of discarded fishing line.
"It's too bad," Schrage told the News Tribune. "I've seen this before with other birds - herons and others. Fishermen, be careful and pick up your fishing line. It can last a long time, and it can be a killer."