Golden eagle found dead in Wyoming ties for second-oldest

By: AP
By: AP

Sheridan, WY (AP) - Wyoming wildlife officials say a golden eagle that was apparently electrocuted near Sheridan is the second-oldest that has been identified in North America.

The Sheridan Press reports the eagle was found March 19 under a utility pole.

Wyoming wildlife biologist Tim Thomas says the bird appeared to be electrocuted by a power line and had a small metal band attached to its leg.

Thomas says he reported the identifying numbers on the band to a federal laboratory, which said the bird had been banded as a fledgling in 1983 near Gillette.

The bird's estimated age was 30 years and 9 months, tying for second place in the lab's longevity records with a Colorado eagle.

The oldest recorded banded eagle was found in Utah in 2012, and was 31 years, 7 months old.

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