MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Humane Society has provided an update on the Bald Eagle that was found in distress Friday in Bay View. The female Bald Eagle was euthanized Saturday.
In a statement:
We are heartbroken to share that the Bald Eagle that was admitted to us yesterday from Bay View has passed away. Since her admission, we’ve been providing supportive care, but despite our best efforts, her condition declined rapidly, and she showed significant neurological problems. We’ve been consulting with veterinary and disease experts since her arrival, and hoped to see signs of improvement today. Unfortunately, she had a severe seizure, went into acute respiratory distress, and could not be saved. She was humanely euthanized.
Her symptoms were consistent with HPAI, the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, although we can’t confirm that was the cause of her illness until test results come in, which will take several days.
We know how passionately the Bay View community cared about the pair of Bald Eagles nesting in their neighborhood, and we cannot thank our whole community enough for your compassion. We appreciate the counsel from our consulting veterinarian, numerous medical specialists, and officials with the DNR, whom we have been working with closely on this highly transmissible virus. We are mourning the loss of this eagle alongside our community.