Marco Island Nature Preserve bald eagle dies after flying into power lines
There are an estimated 1,500 breeding bald eagle pairs in Florida, which is second in the U.S. to Alaska. Chad Gillis/The News-Press
A bald eagle from the Marco Island Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary died Sunday night after flying into power lines, according to the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation.
"Sometime around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday one of our adult eagles collided with the power lines and was killed," the foundation wrote on its Facebook page. "We would like to thank all of you (who) have reached out to express your condolences."
The sanctuary had a pair of adult eagles and two babies. The eagle that died is believed to be the adult male, Paleo, according to the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) took possession of the body for further inspection.
"We know many of you are concerned about the remaining adult eagle and the two eaglets in the nest. The remaining adult eagle has been seen in and out of the nest feeding the eaglets throughout the day today," the foundation wrote on its Facebook page Tuesday morning. "We also used today to coordinate efforts with local volunteers to schedule monitoring of the nest during daylight hours."
The death comes five weeks after another bald eagle died near the Island Country Club. The cause of death was unknown, although according to the Marco Island Police Department, there were no gunshot wounds, and initial X-rays suggested the bird died from impact trauma and internal bleeding.
The FWC was unavailable for comment Tuesday morning.