Iowa DNR and Osceola County Sheriff’s Office rescue wounded Bald Eagle near Ashton, Iowa

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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa Department of Natural Resources helped rescue a wounded Bald Eagle on Tuesday morning.

The bird was captured with a net around a mile and a half north of Ashton on Highway 60. 

After officers captured the bird it was transported by the DNR to a SOAR facility in Dedham, Iowa for rehabilitation.

SOAR stands for Saving Our Avian Resources and the non-profit group has been working to rehabilitate Iowa birds of prey since 1999. 

According to Kay Newman, Executive Director of SOAR, the large, female eagle was hit by a semi and possibly suffered injuries to its spinal cord.

Newman said that she believed that the bird is not currently nesting like most Iowa eagles are at this time of year. The bird also had high levels of lead in its system. 

Newman says that lead poisoning is the leading cause of death for eagles in Iowa. So far this year they’ve treated 11 eagles this year for various injuries. 

You can see a full video of the eagle’s rescue here.

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