Bald eagle hit by car on I-84 is euthanized

Bald eagle hit by car on I-84 is euthanized

PORTLAND, Ore. – A bald eagle that was paralyzed after being hit by a car Wednesday on Interstate 84 has been euthanized, the Audubon Society reported Thursday afternoon.

The bird was admitted to Audubon’s Wildlife Care Center for treatment of injuries that included paralysis to the lower body. In a statement on the society’s website Thursday, a veterinarian said staff put down the bald eagle “humanely.”

“We look at a lot of factors when making this kind of decision, but it ultimately comes down to quality of life,” Audubon Society veterinarian Deb Sheaffer said in the statement.

The statement said the eagle was found to be in critical condition. An exam showed the eagle had broken a leg and also suffered a fractured vertebra and a blood clot that was pushing on its spinal cord. Permanent paralysis was expected, staff said. 

Wednesday afternoon, the eagle had been flying low, perhaps to hunt, when it was hit by the passing car near Rocky Butte.

Multnomah County’s animal control officers and firefighters responded, rescued the injured eagle and took him to the society’s care center in Northwest Portland.