Ea­gles are im­por­tant play­ers in the ecosys­tem

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When asked what it feels like to save the ea­gle, Hatcher said, “It was a good feel­ing know­ing that you are help­ing out some­thing that needed help. He (the ea­gle) couldn’t tell you what was wrong.”

Hatcher knows that the story might have ended far worse had he not taken ac­tion to save the bird.

“It turned out lucky be­cause on that road there’s a lot of kids and peo­ple on quads and dirt bikes,” Hatcher ex­plained. “Some­body could have ran him over or done some­thing bad to him.”

Ea­gles used to be en­dan­gered in North Amer­ica but have been off the U.S. En­dan­gered and Threat­ened Species Act since 2007.

Hatcher be­lieves the ea­gles are im­por­tant play­ers in the ecosys­tem.

“They clean a lot of old stuff up along our coast, old fish car­casses,” Hatcher said. “They are good to have around. They are beau­ti­ful too. They are nice to see, for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to come out and see.”

John Tomp­kins, di­rec­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Land Re­sources con­firmed the sta­tus of the ea­gle Hatcher saved with this state­ment:

“The bald ea­gle res­cued from Burnt Is­lands on Thurs­day, Aug. 9 was assessed by a Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Land Re­sources ve­teri­nar­ian and trans­ported to Sal­monier Na­ture Park for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re­lease, if pos­si­ble. The ea­gle had a prob­lem with its leg and was un­able to perch on any­thing when it wasn’t in flight. The ea­gle is do­ing well and con­tin­ues to be closely mon­i­tored by de­part­men­tal vet­eri­nar­i­ans.”

Der­rick Hatcher res­cued this ea­gle by throw­ing his jacket over it.

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