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Bald Eagle Found Dead Near Mequon Nest

From: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Milwaukee,WI,USA

MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2008, 9:28 a.m.
By Don Behm

Bald eagle found dead near Mequon nest

Mequon - An adult bald eagle, one in the first pair to nest in the Milwaukee metropolitan area in more than 100 years, was found dead Sunday afternoon less than 20 feet from its nesting tree on the Lake Michigan shoreline.

The eagle will be taken to a state wildlife health laboratory in Madison today for a necropsy, said Owen Boyle, regional ecologist with the state Department of Natural Resources in Milwaukee. The bird will be checked for wounds, and blood and tissue samples will be tested for toxins, Boyle said.

A representative of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust found the eagle on trust property about 1.5 miles north of the Milwaukee County border, Boyle said. The person reported there were no obvious signs of a gunshot or other trauma.

Neighboring property owners said both adult eagles had been seen flying together late last week, so the bird's death was recent, Boyle said. Boyle planned to collect the bird from the land trust this morning. The gender of the bird has not been determined yet, he said.

The pair of eagles successfully hatched a single eaglet in 2007 and this year.

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