Coulee Region Humane Society rescues eagle from train engine

ONALASKA (WKBT) — A young bald eagle appears no worse for wear after an 80-mile trip — taken while stuck to the engine car of a freight train.

Coulee Region Humane Society’s Animal Control office was able to save the bald eagle from a train engine car.

The eagle, which is believed to be less than a year old, was found Jan. 11 entangled in the front rail of the engine car of a freight train. The train arrived on the 1600 block of Oak Street in La Crosse from Wabasha, Wis. The humane society says the eagle was hit in the area of Stockholm, Wis., which means it had been entangled in the engine car rail for more than 80 miles while the train was going 40 to 80 miles per hour.

Despite the trip, an assessment showed no visible injuries and the bird was taken to Van Loon Animal Hospital in Holmen. X-rays showed no fractures or internal damage and Animal Control says it is set up in a flight cage for observation and is doing well. Animal Control is coordinating with the Raptor Education Group on the eagle’s rehabilitation and release.

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