Eagle Dropping Fish From Sky Likely Caused Enormous Dent on Car Hood

Officials from the City of Neenah in Wisconsin reported a bizarre and fishy incident on Monday.

A building inspector noticed that the hood of one of their cars had been damaged in a parking lot, the City of Neenah Community Development Department said in a Facebook post. The location of the parking lot was not clear.

Strangely, the building inspector also spotted a carp lying a few feet away from the damaged vehicle.

The inspector contacted insurance agents and police, who said that the damage to the hood was likely caused by an eagle or another large bird dropping the fish from high up.

Samantha Jefferson, Neenah city hall office manager, told The Post-Crescent: "The police said there's no way someone could have hit [the car] with the fish hard enough to do that kind of damage.

"It had to have come from way far up—it's crazy."

It is possible the bird responsible was a bald eagle, who are known to eat carp and are capable of carrying relatively large fish.

The city community development department said in the Facebook post: "Hopefully whatever bird—most likely an eagle—dropped the fish found something else to eat for dinner."

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Despite the seemingly unusual nature of the incident, Jefferson said she had heard stories from Neenah city hall workers who had seen fish that appeared to have been dropped from the sky.

"I walked into work and now I have this irrational fear that I'm going to get hit by a fish, but maybe it's not irrational," she said. "It is kind of funny because as it went around City Hall, people were saying that happened at High Cliff last summer, or this just happened to my friend. I think it's more common than we think."

The range of the bald eagle stretches from Alaska and Canada right down to Florida and northern Mexico. The iconic species was on the brink of extinction in the contiguous U.S. in the late 20th century.

But since then the birds have made a remarkable comeback and were removed from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the contiguous U.S. in 2007.

This is not the only strange incident involving an eagle to have occurred in Wisconsin recently. In May, a hunter in the state made a bizarre discovery, stumbling across a dead bald eagle with the severed head of a deer still clutched in its talons.

Barron resident Neal Herrman was hunting for turkeys when he came across the scene.

"For sure one of the crazier things I've come across while out hunting," he wrote in a Facebook post.

A bald eagle in flight
Stock image showing a bald eagle in flight. A large dent on the hood of a car in Neenah, Wisconsin, may have been caused by an eagle dropping a fish from the sky. iStock