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Eagle Caught in Wolf Snares

Two golden eagles are receiving treatment at the Medicine River Wildlife Centre after being trapped in snares set for wolves, say officials.

Believed to be a mating pair, the birds were caught up in the snares after apparently being attracted to bait at the isolated grazing lease site about 12 kilometres outside Sundre, said district Fish and Wildlife officer Adam Mirus.

“A trapper had put out a bunch of bait and around that bait they hung a bunch of wolf snares, which is legal,” said Mirus. “What had happened is these eagles have seen or smelled the bait. They landed on the ground and started hopping into the trees to get the meat and in doing so got caught in the snares. It looks like one was caught a couple days before the other one.”

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