Poisoned, sick and found in a solid waste plant.
A young bald eagle was rescued from a Lake City solid waste facility Wednesday after the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was called in by an employee to save the bird.
Agency spokesman Steven Torres said the eagle appeared to have consumed a toxin like rat poison.
According to the FWC, the eagle would have died if crews did not save it when they did.
Premium content for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
FWC biologists captured the eagle, which is now recovering in an outdoor enclosure at the Eye of the Eagle Wildlife Sanctuary in Newberry. There, the eagle will recover until it is healthy enough to be released back into the wild.
Eagle-related incidents occur year-round in Florida. There are more than 1,500 breeding pairs in the state, which are protected by federal and state law. Because of the eagles’ protection, FWC responds to reports of dead or injured eagles and investigates all reports of disturbances to their nests.