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No help for injured eagle?

No help for injured eagle?

By Liza Fernandez. CREATED May 14, 2012 - UPDATED: May 14, 2012

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A Cape Coral neighborhood is distraught after a tough weekend. 

Neighbors witnessed a bald eagle die before their very eyes.

At a loss when it came to getting help, they want to know what can be done to prevent this from happening again.

"I came up to it. It didn't move. It was frightened, and it was obviously injured," Ray Christensen tells us.

A young eaglet came out on the losing end of a fight, landing in a vacant lot in his neighborhood.
These are pictures of it.
Neighbors scrambled to help. Not knowing what to do, they called Cape Coral Police.
A marine and cop himself, it's what happened once police arrived that really stuck in Ray's crop.

"What upset me, they were just too cavalier and said we don't handle this," Ray recalls. 

We left a message with Cape PD and still haven't heard  back. But Ray would have liked to have seen more compassion for a symbol of country's greatness.

"Give us a hand. Let's work together on this. Let's not just desert the American bald eagle in a vacant lot... really sad, very sad," he pleaded.

And things didn't look good.

"It was an eagle, which are protected. And that night he was going to be left here unprotected," continues Ray.

Friends of Wildlife President Susan Porreca says the eagle has really made a comeback in the cape.

"We are proud to say we have 17 eagles nests in the city," says Susan. 

That's why Ray knew he had to do something. Frustrated, he put the bird in a dog cage and kept it over night until he could find help, but by  morning...

"The eagle was dead," he tells us.

The whole ordeal enough to bring this hardened vet close to tears. 

"It's on top of the Marine Corp emblem. And that really upset me. There's no need for that. There really isn't, says Ray.  

Florida Fish and Wildlife will be doing a necropsy to find out how that bird died.

And a spokesperson says if you ever spot injured wildlife, eagles included, call its 24 hour hotline at 888-404-3922.

Liza Fernandez

Liza Fernandez

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Liza Fernandez is a reporter and weekend forecaster for the 10 p.m. news.