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Just Another Day At The Office For A State Patrol Trooper
June 26, 2018




Sgt. Hand with the eagle in hand. Larger images below.


CLICK TO ENLARGE: Larger images of Sgt. Hand and the eagle. Photos: Oregon State Patrol
Chronicle staff

(BEATTY, ORE.) – Being a state trooper, you never know what you’re going to find out on the open road when you start your shift.

Could be a motorist with a flat tire in a dangerous spot, a speeder, a two car fender-bender or one majestic bird that needs a helping hand.

Take a look at that eagle in the photos at right. Is that one gorgeous symbol of America or what?

On this past Sunday, June 24th, Oregon State Police Sergeant First Class Hand (no first name provided) responded to a report of an injured eagle near Beatty, Oregon.

Sgt. Hand arrives to lend a hand (pun intended) and meets with a ranch manager who told him the eagle had been seen several times in an alfalfa field and appeared to be injured.

They looked for the eagle and were unable to locate it, but noted that each time it was reportedly seen, it seemed to be getting closer to the ranch manager’s house.

Later in the day, Sgt. Hand got a text from the ranch manager saying the bird had been seen in their yard by the ranch owner, according to a statement from the Oregon State Police.

Sgt. Hand responded again and this time found the bird resting in some shade. Using a coat, the Sgt. was able to capture the eagle in order to get it some medical help.

And as there was no other way to transport the bird other than in “the prisoner cage of the patrol car,” that is where the bird was placed.

Hand took the eagle in hand to a place called Badger Run Wildlife Rehab in Keno, Oregon where a preliminary exam suggested the eagle suffered a dislocated wing.

Wildlife experts say the two main ways eagles are injured like that is in-flight combat with other eagles, where they lock talons and often fall together from the sky and being hit by vehicles when they’re making a dive at prey.

So. You may be asking yourself at this point why we would run this particular story as a front page feature out of all the others we could have run in that position.

Fact is, no reason other than we wanted to see the photo of that gorgeous eagle on our front page and because we could.

Go about your day now, mindful as always of keeping your hands to yourselves.


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