A Bald Eagle Struck by a Car on Flag Day – What Are the Odds?
A bald eagle was injured Monday after being struck by a vehicle that was traveling along Interstate 88 in Sidney, New York. According to NBC 13, the bird is recovering at a wildlife center after coming into contact with the vehicles side view mirror.
If you find an injured eagle you should call an expert like a Wildlife Rehabber. You may also call your state wildlife office, or licensed veterinarian. All indications are that this was an accident but according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act was put in place to hold people responsible for harming these amazing birds.
In 2005 an Florida company destroyed an eagle's nest tree in Sarasota County so that a housing development could be built violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. That company was fined $356,125 while an individual associated with the company also pleaded guilty and was sentenced in April 2006 to a $5,000 fine and three years on probation.
There are several symbols of freedom for Americans but only a few would be considered iconic. The American flag would be one of those iconic symbols, especially today, Flag Day. Another would be the Bald Eagle. What are the odds of hitting a bald eagle on Flag Day?