Bald eagle rescued in Revelstoke

Local residents and the RCMP worked together to save a bald eagle suffering from a injured wing on Friday Dec. 16. The bird, known as Illy, was taken to Kamloops for medical attention and it is hoped Illy will be returned to the Illecillewaet River area soon.

Bald eagle Illy was rescued in Revelstoke. Photo: contributed

There will hopefully be a happy ending for an injured bald eagle in Revelstoke.

In a report released by Revelstoke staff sergeant Kurt Grabinsky, shortly after 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 the local RCMP were notified of an injured bald eagle near the Illecillewaet River and Simpson Street.

They arrived and found locals Dorn Crowe and Terry Duncan attempting to rescue the eagle, which became known as Illy, who appeared to be suffering from a damaged wing.

After a phone a few calls and inquiries on how best to assist Illy, const. Mark Williams and corp. Blakney put a plan into place.

Bald eagle Illy was rescued in Revelstoke. Photo: contributed
Bald eagle Illy was rescued in Revelstoke. Photo: contributed

Illy was quite easily influenced with the pieces of salmon and in a Canadian-like way, a hockey stick was used, not only to strategically place the fish but was able to hold her in place while Michael Morris placed a blanket over her.

On the Saturday, Illy was transported to the B.C. Wildlife Park in Kamloops where she was assessed by medical staff who diagnosed her with a fractured wing and anemia.

Illy will require a blood transfusion, and hopefully make a full recovery. The expectation is to return Illy to the Illecillewaet River area.

The Revelstoke RCMP would like to thank all those involved, including the city of Revelstoke Animal Control Enforcement Officers and the medical staff at the B.C. Wildlife Park in Kamloops, and the Fawcett Family Wildlife Health Centre where Illy and other injured animals are being cared for.