Eagles are important players in the ecosystem
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.