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Volunteers, FWP wardens help rescue bald eagle chicks after birds found dead

Posted at 12:53 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 14:54:31-04

BOZEMAN — MTN News recently reported on a pair of bald eagles found dead north of Bozeman and an ongoing investigation looking into what killed them.

Now, we know the eagles left behind several eaglets. But there’s a good end to this story.

Thanks to Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, the Montana Raptor Conservation Center, and a volunteer professional tree climber, crews were able to find a way to physically take the bald eaglets and put them in a new nest.

Wardens and conservationists say this is the best way for baby eagles to survive and adults will, in most circumstances, seize the reins and adopt new babies naturally.

“It really presents the best chance at survival for orphaned eaglet," FWP spokesperson Morgan Jacobsen said. "They can’t be raised in capacity and released later in the wild. They become accustomed to humans really quickly at that age so this is really the best chance that we were able to give these chicks.”

The cause of the deaths between both of the eagle parents is still being looked into at the federal level. As for the eaglets, as of last check, FWP wardens say the babies look like they are doing just fine -- from a distance.