Bald Eagle Rescued After Being Hit by Car on Presidents Day

Police in Kansas have rescued a bald eagle that was hit by a car on Presidents Day.

Images of posted to Facebook by the Bonner Springs Police Department showed animal control officer Kendra Anthony cradling the bald eagle beside Cpl. Kyle Rector. The post gained over 1,000 positive interactions.

The police said the bird would be transported to a nearby clinic for treatment.

Bald eagles are only found in North America and are considered a national symbol in the U.S. The animal appears on various national insignia including U.S. passports and the presidential seal.

Hunting and the use of harmful pesticides such as DDT meant bald eagles were threatened with extinction by the mid-1960s but conservation efforts have seen their numbers rebound dramatically. There are approximately 316,700 of the animals in the lower 48 states of the U.S. alone, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

The primary threats faced by bald eagles are from humans and human infrastructure, including traffic collisions, according to the National Eagle Center.

Bonner Springs Police Department said in the Facebook post: "Well you watched them on the Kelly Clarkson Show, now on this Presidents Day, ACO Anthony and Cpl. Rector are at it again. Here they are rescuing Kendra the Bald Eagle. Kendra was found down and injured. Recovery operations are on going for Kendra and is being transported to an area clinic for treatment."

The post referenced Anthony and Rector's recent appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, where they and police captain Adam Khan were interviewed by Jay Leno after lassoing an escaped camel in the Kansas City suburb.

The bald eagle saved by the Bonner Springs officers and named Kendra has since been relocated to the Operation Wildlife sanctuary.

The sanctuary said in a Facebook post on Monday that they had taken Kendra in and had started radiographs, blood work and treatment and thanked the police for bringing the bird to them for recovery.

Newsweek reported last week that bald eagles currently face a heightened threat of lead poisoning in North America. Bird sanctuaries in British Columbia and Alaska recently treated bald eagles fatally poisoned by the lead found in hunting ammunition and fishing weights.

Tracy Reynolds, animal care manager at BC Wildlife Park, previously told Newsweek: "Lead is very toxic and once ingested remains in the tissues for the rest of that animal's life. If that animal passes and is then eaten by another animal, that lead is now transferred up the food chain and can bio-accumulate as it goes up."

Stock image of a bald eagle.
Stock image of a bald eagle. Human dangers including traffic and lead poisoning are the primary threats faced by the animals. pixelnest/Getty Images