His head feathers are a little dirty from his recent meal and there’s a slight droop to his left wing. “You can tell he doesn't feel good,” said Becky Kean, rehabilitation director at the Montana Raptor Conservation Center. Photo courtesy of Becky Kean

Edgar “Eddie” the Eagle has landed in safe hands

Injured on Hwy. 191, good samaritans raced to get him care

A bald eagle was found by the road on a turnout near the Cinnamon Lodge shortly before 5 p.m. Motorists and wildlife rehabilitation experts mobilized to save his life. Considering the location, it is likely he was hit by a car, according to Becky Kean, rehabilitation director at the Montana Raptor Conservation Center. 

Morgen Ayers, owner of the Cinnamon Lodge, believes the eagle to be one that frequents the area, affectionately known by some in the neighborhood as Edgar “Eddie” the Eagle. He is often seen soaring along the Gallatin River. 

“I just saw an eagle for the first time in a month yesterday. This has got to be the one that we always see,” she said.  

After spotting Eddie in distress, she raced to her house, grabbed a box and a blanket and returned. Other motorists had stopped to help.

“By the time I got back the guy had a sweatshirt and he cradled the eagle right up and put him in his wife’s lap in the car,” she said. He said they were heading to West Yellowstone so Eddie could receive care. 

Kean made a number of phone calls after hearing about Eddie and also called the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office to see if a deputy could pick him up, but motorists had already done their good deed. 

“We hope for a good outcome,” Kean said. “We are just here to help and I’m glad we are able to do that. Poor guy, he’s been through a lot today.” 

Eddie is currently at the Hebgen Volunteer Fire Department and will be transferred to the Wolf and Discovery Center “for a quiet night.” 

Montana Raptor Conservation Center staff will head to West Yellowstone and pick him up tomorrow to take him to the raptor center for further care and rehabilitation. 

Update from Becky Kean, rehabilitation director at the Montana Raptor Conservation Center on March 13: “ He seems ok, radiographs didn't reveal any fractures. He definitely could have some internal damage that only time will tell. He's still pretty out of it so we are mainly providing him with supportive care and pain meds. Fingers crossed!  So far, so good.” 

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