Officer Larry Merritt, Hovey Lake Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Posey County, brought an adult bald eagle to the Highland Veterinary Clinic. The bird appeared to be failing due to some kind of poison or chemical exposure. It was found on a bridge over the Wabash River.
Radiographs indicated no apparent orthopedic or organ-related damage, but the mercury level was very high. The feathers were dirty and frayed; the eagle was weak, but standing. It was alert, however, and responsive. The medicine administered acted to detox the raptor.
On July 7th it was transferred to WildCare for rehab time in a flight cage on the orders of DNR Officer John Castrale. WildCare kept the eagle one week to let it rest up and then released it back into the original area in case a mate and nest were depending on it.