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The Shelter proud to announce the formation of the Fallen Eagle Fund for the care of all bald eagles at West Sound Wildlife. This fund will ensure the WSWS has the resources needed to provide medical care and rehabilitation to any injured bald eagles brought to its hospital including:

  • Supportive care for all injured, ill or orphaned bald eagles admitted to WSWS for medical care.

  • Rehabilitative care for all bald eagles in the care of WSWS.

  • Post-mortem care for all bald eagles that are deceased including lab work necropsies and transfer services to the National bald eagle Repository in Colorado. The process involves conducting a complete postmortem examination called a necropsy. A necropsy provides a more accurate assessment of cause of death than would reliance on external appearances or field circumstances alone. This important work enables the WSWS to determine the cause of death and all information will be shared with US Fish and Wildlife. This valuable information provides wildlife agencies with tolls for the management of the bald eagle populations to ensure the survival of the species.

  • Bald eagle educational outreach for schools, local civic groups and community members.

    Please contribute to the Fallen Eagle Fund and help us care for the six poisoned bald eagles that arrived on March 24. Your contribution will pay for expensive medicines, food, and other supplies that the eagles will need during their time with us. The eagles are being released on Saturday, March 30!

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On Sunday, March 24, the staff and volunteers of West Sound Wildlife responded to an emergency call regarding six critically ill bald eagles. The call came from Stephanie Estrella of Raindancer Wild Bird Rescue, who had been caring for the eagles for two days, since they were found in Winlock, WA.

The eagles had been feeding off of the carcasses of two horse that had been euthanized on March 20th and left in a field, exposed to wildlife. The potent drug, Euthasol (or pentobarbital sodium), is used by veterinarians for humane, painless, and rapid euthanasia. Unfortunately, it can also transfer to other animals if it is consumed.

poisoned eagleThe highly-toxic pentobarbital that killed the horses quickly ravaged the eagles. At this time, it's unclear whether any other wildlife was exposed to the poison, except for a seventh eagle that was transported to Portland Audobon for treatment. Coyotes, raccoons, owls, turkey vultures, and eagles are native to the area along with countless other species. The US Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating the extent of the problem.

Despite the poison, the eagles were alive, but in critical condition, when they reached the Raindancer Wild Bird Rescue, located in Olympia, WA. Wildlife rehabilitator Stephanie Estrella of Raindancer quickly contacted the West Sound Wildlife Shelter.

poisoned eagleThe eagles were transported to the Shelter on Bainbridge Island on March 24. When the eagles arrived, some of them were vomiting and convulsing. The most critical were unconscious and unresponsive. The Shelter's small staff, along with Dr. Charles Crawford of Compassionate Critter Care and Dr. Alicia Bye, worked around the clock, administering Toxiban, activated charcoal that counteracts the effects of poison. A dozen volunteers provided emergency supportive care.

Two of the eagles remain in critical condition, two are in stable-but-guarded condition, and two are in recovery. All of the eagles are being closely monitored by Shelter staff. We estimate the cost of care for these six eagles to have been over $3,000 for the initial 24 hours of treatment alone.


We are delighted to report that the eagles responded very well to treatment and moved quickly into outdoor enclosures where they had room to stretch their wings. On Saturday, March 30, all six eagles were returned to the wild!

Please help us pay for the costs of treating these six eagles! By sponsoring the eagles, you’ll help defray the significant costs of care. In return for your sponsorship, we’ll send you a certificate, photo, and history of the eagles’ time with us. A sponsorship of one eagle is $50; a sponsorship of all three is $300. If you would like to donate a different amount, please visit our donation page. Any and all contributions are welcome and appreciated!

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All photos by Dottie Tison

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