BRADENTON, Fla. – Dave Copland tells ABC 7 he first noticed a juvenile bald eagle last Friday afternoon. The eagle was sitting on the ground among some trees at the Bradenton Country Club.
“Off to the right I see an object on the ground and it looked like a big lump and I thought maybe it was a little statue or something. The closer I got to it, I said, oh it is some kind of bird and I said, wow, I think that might be an eagle.”
Copland grabbed his camera and took several pictures of the young bald eagle after he realized it was missing a leg.
“It finally got up when I got close enough and it sat back down so it looked like it didn’t have the strength to actually fly away.”
Copland called in wildlife rehabilitator Damen Hurd. Hurd is the vice president of Wildlife, Inc. and he responded to the golf course.
“I actually thought at the time it was going to be a fairly easy capture because it was probably sick and couldn’t move because it was splayed out.”
Hurd says he approached and got within fifteen feet of the eagle before it flew away. He said the fact that the eagle can fly and a report from a golfer who saw the eagle eating an animal in a tree are two good signs.