Take care of your pets…
These aerial predators do not differentiate between domesticated or wild animal species. They only care about their next meal.
Unfortunately, our beloved pets, whether small dogs or cats, are generally insanely easy targets for them. Just like one of those flying dinosaurs swoops down on rabbits, prairie dogs, and even fish, eagles think nothing of digging their claws into Fluffy, the 2-pound rodent you keep in your purse (sorry, that’s not a dog). .
There are many stories about it, be it an owl getting a dog, finding leashes in a nest or in this case an eagle flying with a cat. hell, in some parts of the world, golden eagles They have been known to attack small children.
It happens… small pets just look delicious to them. Therefore, you should be on guard in an area with known predators. They’re sneaky, they’re fast, and by the time you see them, it’s too late.
This video shows how easily they can deal with an ordinary house cat.
A woman drives and films an eagle sitting in a park.
You know something is wrong with the situation because an eagle never just sits in a park pretending to relax. Something else has to happen…
When the eagle takes off, it quickly becomes apparent that there is something else. As you take off, a house cat that was in a ball takes shape again so you can see what the eagle is having for lunch.
It almost tore it in two.
And at first glance you see the eagle, but you don’t really get a sense of its massive size until it flies away, spreading its massive wingspan.
I hate to say this, but I can’t help but feel like it’s a bit of karma. Outdoor domestic cats are the biggest killers of songbirds in North America and this time ends with another bird… seems a little fitting.
The video is from a guy up in Two Harbors, Minnesota:
“My dog, Keisha and I were driving around to photograph wildlife when I saw this eagle sitting on the ground. He quarreled with two black birds. I decided to take a picture of him. This would be the first picture of an eagle that I take.
When I started to drive closer to him, he didn’t move. So I decided to make a video of him. I thought taking off in flight would be a great video. I was shocked. I didn’t see that coming.
My dog and I just sat there and thought what did we just see?”
Bald eagles have killed over 50 lambs in Idaho
Beginning in April, bald eagles began stealing sheep from Rocky Matthews, a rancher near Murtaugh Lake in Idaho.
Last spring, 54 of his lambs were poached by the birds, including 7 in one day, all of which were reportedly killed by an eagle.
“I really think he just honed his skills because you don’t kill seven of them out of necessity.”
At first, Matthews wasn’t sure what exactly was killing all of his lambs until he saw a bald eagle attack his flock from the sky. For a moment he even thought someone was going to shoot them with shotguns.
The eagles have nested on his ranch without incident for more than 20 years, but that has changed this year.
“They never crossed paths until this year. The damage under the skin is a hundred times greater than on the outside.”
He estimates the losses on those lambs cost him about $7,500. He also suspects the eagles were attracted to his sheep because colder than usual water temperatures in the lake at this time of year may have made fishing more difficult for the birds.
Mr. Matthews has since relocated his flock further away from the Eagles and into an area with more barn cover. Meanwhile, Idaho Fish and Game referred him to the Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program to explore possible solutions.
Since shooting the birds isn’t an option like other livestock-threatening predators, his only option was to move them. Eagles are protected federally, and those caught poaching could face up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Hopefully the new location works for the better as the current rate of predation is unsustainable for a ranch operation.
“In 45 days I won’t have any more sheep.”
The neighboring state of Wyoming recently approved a plan to relocate a number of golden eagles with a similar habit of chasing sheep, but there is no indication that an option is being explored in this case.
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/08/03/shocked-onlooker-records-a-bald-eagle-flying-away-with-a-familys-house-cat-in-northern-minnesota/ Shocked Onlooker Records A Bald Eagle Flying Away With A Family’s House Cat In Northern Minnesota