Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care release injured golden eagle |

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care release injured golden eagle

Found groggy along the side of U.S. Highway 395 outside Bishop, Calif., nearly two months ago, a male golden eagle was released Sunday morning at the Carson Pass.

In rehabilitation for the past eight weeks at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, the 10-pound predator was treated for a concussion at the Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care in Bishop then transported to Meyers and LTWC for strength-training and conditioning.

Upon arrival at ESWC the eagle was emaciated and in poor general health and spent the next six weeks recovering from his injuries.

“When he got here he had been in their care. They don’t have the space for the conditioning these types of birds need so we brought him here”, said Tom Milham from Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.

LTWC has been nursing a variety of injured, orphaned and ailing wildlife back to health for the past 20 years at Lake Tahoe and can accept eagles from anywhere in the United States.

“On Sunday one of our first-year volunteers, Gail Alexander, got to release the bird back to the wild,” added Milham.

” It was exhilarating!” said Alexander who watched as the bird flew from her arms.

Alexander had been working with the bird for the past couple of months helping with its flight training while at LTWC.

“He was very calm the whole ride to the pass and during the release. Now I’m just worried about him eating although I know he’ll be fine,” said Alexander.

“It was a little windy up there so when we released him he only flew for about 45 seconds then landed in a tree. A little while later he flew off out of site,” said Milham.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User