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Golden Eagle Attacks Pronghorn Antelope in Wyoming
Wildlife Management Pro ^ | January 30, 2012

Posted on 02/08/2012 4:25:38 PM PST by SJackson

The golden eagle is found across North America and is the largest bird of prey found in the United States.

Golden eagles occur in the greatest numbers from Alaska southward throughout the mountain and prairie habitat of the West and into Mexico. They occur in lower numbers to the east across Canada, the Great Lakes states, and the Appalachian Mountains of the eastern United States.

Golden eagles have caused livestock losses and there have well-been documented cases of golden eagles taking mule deer and pronghorn antelope fawns.

Golden eagle prey consists primarily of small mammals such as prairie dogs, rabbits and ground squirrels, but they will consume birds and reptiles when they can catch them. Large mammals are fair game too. Golden eagles sometimes attack large mammals. Mule deer and pronghorn of all ages have been observed being attacked or killed by eagles. In fact, documented kills of bighorn sheep, coyotes, bobcats, and foxes being killed exist. They also eat carrion.

Many ranchers are not fond of golden eagles. They occasionally kill calves, sheep, pigs and goats. Although attacks on animals that weigh more than about 35 pounds are uncommon, they are not unheard of. The photos below show an adult golden eagle attacking and killing a pronghorn antelope near Rawlins, Wyoming. It was assumed that the pronghorn was not healthy, and the photos are quite gruesome, but they do show the ability of the amazing ability and tenacity of the golden eagle.

As the photos show, golden eagles grab deer and pronghorn anywhere on the head, neck, or body, frequently grasping from the front or side. They kill adult animals with numerous talon stabs into the upper ribs and back. Their feet and talons are well adapted to closing around the backbone, with the talons puncturing large internal arteries, frequently the aorta in front of the kidneys.

The major cause of death is shock produced by massive internal hemorrhage from punctured arteries or collapse of the lungs when the rib cage is punctured. Young animals die from shock and loss of blood as they are eviscerated as golden eagles grab them and simply start eating. Where eagles prey on domestic animals, they usually take the young, but some eagles become persistent predators of livestock as large as 500 pounds. Nature is both cruel and amazing. The golden eagle because of regulations and sound wildlife management practices, but it’s easy to see how this species can have a huge impact livestock producers.

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1 posted on 02/08/2012 4:25:47 PM PST by SJackson
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To: SJackson

I worked on a 10,000 acre cattle ranch outside of Douglas. I used to chase pronghorn and mule deer on horseback. Lots of goldens up on Owl Creek and toward Laramie Peak. Never had any problem with them. Had to watch those mule deer. They’d scrape you off on a tree if you didn’t pay attention.

2 posted on 02/08/2012 4:33:32 PM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Iowa Granny; Ladysmith; Diana in Wisconsin; JLO; sergeantdave; damncat; phantomworker; joesnuffy; ..
If you’d like to be on or off this Outdoors/Rural/wildlife/hunting/hiking/backpacking/National Parks/animals list please FR mail me. And ping me is you see articles of interest.

When I post about eagles, I always include something about Old Abe. Even though he was bald, not golden. From wiki

Old Abe was captured in 1861 by Ahgamahwegezhig near the Chippewa River, near the town of Jim Falls, in Chippewa County, Wisconsin. Ahgamahwegezhig, or “Chief Sky,” or “Old Jackson,” was the son of Ah-mous (translated either as “The Little Bee” or “Thunder of Bees”), who held first rank in the councils among the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe.

Old Abe was subsequently traded to local farmer, Daniel McCann, for a bushel of corn, who in turn sold her[4] to the 8th Wisconsin's Company C for $2.50.

Company C named the eagle after President Abraham Lincoln, and designed a special perch on which they carried the bird into battle. Old Abe participated in the Second Battle of Corinth (in which the 8th Wisconsin lost half of its men) and the Siege of Vicksburg, among other battles. In battle, Old Abe quickly became legendary, screaming and spreading her wings at the enemy. Confederate troops called her the "Yankee Buzzard" and made several attempts to capture her but never succeeded. Several times she lost feathers to bullets and saw her handlers get shot out from under her. When passing by, Generals Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, and William Rosecrans were known to doff their hats to the eagle.

In 1864, Old Abe returned to Wisconsin with several veterans who did not reenlist. Nevertheless, she remained famous and was invited to, among other events, the 1880 Grand Army of the Republic National Convention, and the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When not at public events, her caretaker kept her in the Wisconsin State Capitol.

[edit] PostbellumOld Abe died from smoke inhalation in a fire at the State Capitol in 1881. Her body was mounted and remained a centerpiece of the capitol. The mount, along with most of the capitol building, was destroyed by fire in 1904.

In memoriam

Case Corporation mascotThe insignia of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division is a depiction of Old Abe. The design is based on one of the Civil War traditions of the state of Wisconsin, which was the territory of the original 101st Division after World War I. The black shield recalls the Iron Brigade, the famous Civil War unit composed of western regiments (although not the 8th Wisconsin).

Old Abe was adopted by Jerome Case as the trademark of the J. I. Case agricultural equipment manufacturing company of Racine, Wisconsin in 1865. The trademark was retired in 1969.

Old Abe is the mascot of Eau Claire Memorial High School, whose athletic teams are known as the "Old Abes", and of Racine Case High School, whose teams are simply the "Eagles".

A replica of Old Abe presides over the Wisconsin State Assembly Chamber

Old Abe on the Wisconsin Memorial, Vicksburg National Military Park[edit] BattlesOld Abe was present at numerous battles and lesser engagements during the war:

Fredericktown, Missouri - 21 October 1861
New Madrid and *Island #10 - March & April 1862 Union General John Pope captured Point Pleasant, Missouri, provoking Confederates to evacuate New Madrid; they abandoned arms and provisions valued at one million dollars during their escape across the Mississippi River to the eastern bank and to Island No. 10
Point Pleasant, Missouri - March 20, 1862
Farmington, Mississippi. - May 9, 1862
Corinth, Mississippi. - May 28, 1862
Iuka, Mississippi. - September 12, 1862
Burnsville, Mississippi. - September 13, 1862
Iuka, Mississippi. - September 16-18, 1862
Corinth, Mississippi. - October 3-4, 1862
Tallahatchie, Mississippi. - December 2, 1862
Mississippi Springs, Mississippi. - May 13, 1863
Jackson, Mississippi. - May 14, 1863
Assault on Vicksburg, Mississippi. - May 22, 1863
Mechanicsburg, Mississippi. - June 4, 1863
Richmond, Louisiana. - June 15, 1863
Vicksburg, Mississippi. - June 24, 1863
Surrender of Vicksburg- July 4, 1863
Brownsville, Mississippi. - October 16, 1863
Fort Scurry, Louisiana. - March 13, 1864
Fort De Russey, Louisiana. - March 15, 1864
Henderson's Hill, Louisiana. - March 21, 1864
Grand Ecore, Louisiana. - April 2, 1864
Pleasant Hill, Louisiana. - April 8-9, 1864
Natchitoches, Louisiana. - April 20, 1864
Kane River, Louisiana. - April 22, 1864
Clouterville and Crane Hill, Louisiana. - April 23, 1864
Bayou Rapids, Louisiana. - May 2, 1864
Bayou La Monre, Louisiana. - May 3, 1864
Bayou Roberts, Louisiana. - May 4-6, 1864
Moore's Plantation, Louisiana. - May 8-12, 1864
Mansura, Louisiana. - May 16, 1864
Battle of Maysville, Louisiana. - May 17, 1864
Calhoun's Plantation, Louisiana. - May 18, 1864
Bayou De Glaise, Louisiana. - May 18, 1864
Ditch Bayou at Lake Chicot or River Lake, Arkansas. - June 6, 1864
Hurricane Creek, Mississippi. - August 13, 1864

Eagle bearers

James McGinness
Thomas J. Hill
David McLain
Ed Homeston
John Burkhardt

He was a before his time UAV. Soon, political correctness will force schools to stop naming their teams after eagles.

3 posted on 02/08/2012 4:35:25 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do !)
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To: SJackson

My husband has already lost 3 baby calves to Turkey Buzzards this month.

4 posted on 02/08/2012 4:37:28 PM PST by Ditter
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To: SJackson

Bookmarked. We have a lot of Golden Eagles around here.

5 posted on 02/08/2012 4:37:47 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Apple Pan Dowdy; GizmosAndGadgets; NonValueAdded; del4hope; MamaB; LowOiL; Jemian; LBKQ; lysie; ...

Ping to the Auburn list. For those who don’t know, Auburn’s eagle is traditionally a golden eagle, and bears the name “Tiger.” WAR EAGLE!!!!

It is also a well-known fact around here, that golden eagles like to munch on elephants best of all, with a side order of tigers from Louisianna and the occassional gamecock, bulldog or razorback hog.

6 posted on 02/08/2012 4:53:36 PM PST by Jemian
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To: SJackson
Some 20 years ago, while we were on a cruise in Alaska, I'd had enough of visits to native musuems, decided to go for a long run, and stumbled across the Alaska Raptor Rehab Center. Spent the day..amazing to hold a bald eagle while they were bandaging his wing, and also had an eagle on my arm, of course while wearing the glove. The strength in the talons is amazing..when the bird grabbed, it was actually painful.

I've sponsored an injured animal each year since then..YOu get a progress report, and a video of the release.

Other amazing thing..eagles really stink..what a godawful smell....

7 posted on 02/08/2012 5:10:36 PM PST by ken5050 (The ONLY reason to support Mitt: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will appear at the WH each Christmas)
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To: Doc Savage

Seen hundred’s of them for 22 years working around the Thunder Basin Grssslands. North of Douglas.

8 posted on 02/08/2012 5:44:51 PM PST by mmanager (Reagan Revolution + Republican Revolution = Bury Obama in 2012 - Go Newt!)
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9 posted on 02/08/2012 5:50:10 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: SJackson
They also eat carrion.

I almost hit a bald eagle that was picking up a roadkill racoon in Florida. It kept trying harder and harder to get airborne as I approached, it finally just barley cleared my truck hood and that coon was huge. Looked between 18 and 23 pounds.

10 posted on 02/08/2012 6:02:59 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Golden Eagle

I guess after attacking Lion and Snow Leopard and Cheetah, you decided to go for Antelope!

P.S. I like your posts regarding Android.

11 posted on 02/08/2012 6:47:00 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Paul Tsongas of 2012.)
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To: SJackson

I had a pair of golden eagles attack my dog (a larger than normal border collie). Fortunately, they didn’t make it through the sliding glass door. But seeing them up close and personal, I have no doubt that they would have killed him, or at least seriously injured him.

Truly impressive animals. One of them caught a cardinal, and held him in one talon as he took off (about 15 feet from me). I couldn’t see any red, his talons were so big.

12 posted on 02/08/2012 6:49:24 PM PST by jjsheridan5
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To: Jemian

Thanks for the ping, Jem and LOL.

13 posted on 02/08/2012 6:51:57 PM PST by lysie
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To: Doc Savage

Are antelope any good on the grill?

14 posted on 02/08/2012 6:52:35 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: SJackson

A few years ago I was reading up on falconry, and came across something about eagles being trained to hunt tigers!

15 posted on 02/08/2012 6:56:18 PM PST by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: Jemian

All hail NOVA!

16 posted on 02/08/2012 7:17:15 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Rebelbase
They are excellent! My 15yr old daughter got her first one last fall.
17 posted on 02/08/2012 7:27:41 PM PST by wyokostur
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Ping: In case you are not on the ping list above by sjackson.

18 posted on 02/08/2012 7:31:48 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Yes, we have Spirit, a bald (I think) and Nova, a golden, at present. But we also have Tiger who is retired from exhibition. She’s had a long life, but while she lives, she is “Tiger.”

19 posted on 02/08/2012 7:44:42 PM PST by Jemian
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To: Jemian

I forgot to give homage to “Spirt” who has just been an awesome second stringer till NOVA got well.

My bad...

20 posted on 02/08/2012 8:24:45 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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