SALEM, N.H. (AP) — A bald eagle that was rescued from an animal trap by New Hampshire police on Thanksgiving Day came from Rhode Island.
Salem police say based on a band on the eagle’s leg, biologists say the bird was hatched from a nest in Scituate Reservoir in Rhode Island in 2005.
The distance from the nest to where it was found in Salem is about 70 miles.
The eagle was freed from the trap by police who watched it fly away apparently unharmed except for a small cut on its leg.
A Massachusetts hunter reported finding the eagle next to a recently skinned remains of a beaver. Police say it appeared the eagle was attempting to feed on the beaver and got caught in the trap.
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