I was hiking down a nearby gulch after work last week, when I saw what I thought were the fingers of a leather glove sticking up through the snow.  When I took a closer look, I realized they were raptor talons.

I dug down through the snow and ice and uncovered an eagle.    This was next to a power pole.  I determined the eagle had been electrocuted when his/her wings crossed two of the wires.  The power pole even had a raptor guard on it, but that didn’t save this eagle.

I later confirmed that it was a juvenile bald eagle, a little over a year old.  It was a meaningless death that left me sad.

Power pole where the eagle was killed, with trianglular raptor guard on the left.

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  1. That is just horrific.

    What ended up happening to the body? Did you leave it for the scavengers or was it given to the DOW? Sorry, just kind of curious.

    • I moved the body off-trail and notified a researcher at CSU who studies raptor/power line deaths, and gave him photos and the coordinates. He didn’t say specifically what he was going to do. So the eagle is available to him for a necropsy or for the scavengers.

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