Eagle injured after collision with cyclist


— A bald eagle is in serious condition at the Colorado State University Raptor Center in Fort Collins after a motorcycle hit it early Thursday morning.

Albert Pelletier of Craig was riding toward Hayden on U.S. 40 when the eagle flew out of a ditch on the side of the road.

According to a report released by the Colorado State Patrol, the eagle collided with the bike mirror and the shoulder of the driver.

Pelletier was not injured but the eagle was immediately transported to the Steamboat Veterinary Hospital.

The eagle's injuries were severe and it was taken to Fort Collins for emergency treatment, according to the report.

Trooper Rick Kasper, who took the bird to Fort Collins, was unavailable for comment.

Staff at the Steamboat Veterinary Hospital said this is the second eagle they have treated this year.

The bald eagle is still considered threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

It proposed the eagle be declared recovered by July 2000, but the decision was delayed until it figures out how it will manage the species once it is taken off the list.


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