Truckers score an eagle, which is below par but recovering nicely

| 3/5/2009

Contrary to first news reports, an eagle that flew through the windshield of a tractor-trailer on I-80 in Nevada on Monday, March 2, appears to be recovering nicely and may be released back into the wild before long.

The collision happened as Florida trucker Matthew Gonzalez and his co-driver were near Wells, NV. The speed limit was 65.

Wildlife officials say the female eagle weighs 14 pounds, with a 7-foot wingspan and long talons.

Joe Doucette, Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman, told Land Line Now on Sirius XM that after the collision the two drivers wasted no time pulling over and getting out of the cab.

“About the time they pulled off was the time the eagle came to, and at that point I think the occupants both decided it was time to get the heck out of there, “Doucette said. “Even the NHP officer didn’t want anything to do with it, and that’s why they called us. She was one ticked-off bird.”

Doucette says the eagle has some swelling on the right side of her head, but otherwise seems unscathed. If her recovery continues to go well, the eagle will be released in the same valley where the collision occurred.

– By Reed Black, staff writer