Bald Eagles

Bald Eagle Shockingly Takes Flight With Someone’s Pet Cat In Northern Minnesota

Bald Eagle Shockingly Takes Flight With Someone's Pet Cat In Northern Minnesota

Watch your pets…

These aerial predators do not distinguish between animal species, domesticated or wild. All they care about is their next meal.

Unfortunately, our beloved pets, whether small dogs or cats, are usually incredibly easy targets for them. The same way one of those flying dinosaurs will swoop down on rabbits, prairie dogs, and even fish, eagles don’t hesitate to sink their talons into Fluffy, the 2-pound rodent you keep in your backpack. hand (sorry, it’s not a dog) .

There are many stories about it, whether it’s an owl catching 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 are known to chase after small children.

It happens…small pets just look tasty to them. This is why you need to be on your guard when in an area with known predators. They’re sneaky, they’re quick, and by the time you see them, it’s too late.

This video shows how easily they can manhandle a common house cat.

A woman drives filming an eagle sitting in a park.

You know something is wrong with the situation because an eagle never sits in a park like it’s relaxing. Something else must be happening…

That something else is quickly revealed when the eagle begins to soar. As it takes off, a domestic cat that was curled up comes back into shape so you can tell what the eagle eats for lunch.

He almost tore it in two pieces.

And at first sight, you see the eagle, but you don’t really get a sense of its massive size until it takes flight, flexing that massive wingspan.

I hate to say it, but I can’t help but think it’s a bit of karma. Outdoor house cats are the biggest killer of songbirds in North America and this time around ends with another bird…seems slightly appropriate.

The video comes to us from a guy from Two Harbors, Minnesota:

“My dog, Keisha and I were taking some wildlife pictures when I saw this eagle sitting on the ground. It was arguing with two black birds. I decided to take a picture of it. This would be the first photo of an eagle that I would take.

When I started to approach him, he didn’t move. So I decided to make a video of him. Thought it taking off in flight would make a great video. I was shocked. Didn’t see that coming.

My dog ​​and I just sat there like, what did we just see?

Bald eagles kill more than 50 lambs in Idaho

Beginning in April, bald eagles began stealing sheep from Rocky Matthews, a rancher near Lake Murtaugh in Idaho.

Last spring, 54 of his lambs were poached by birds, including 7 in one day, all would have killed by an eagle.

“I really think he was just honing his skills because you don’t kill seven out of need.”

Initially, Matthews didn’t know exactly what was killing all his lambs until he saw a bald eagle attack his flock from the sky. For a moment, he even thought someone was shooting at them with pellet guns.

Eagles have been nesting on his ranch for more than 20 years without incident, but that all changed this year.

“They never met until this year. The damage under the skin is a hundredfold compared to what you see on the outside.

He estimates the losses of those lambs cost him about $7,500. He also speculates that the eagles were attracted to his sheep because colder than usual water temperatures in the lake at this time of year could have made fishing more difficult for the birds.

Mr Matthews has since moved his flock of sheep further away from the eagles and to an area with more barn cover. Meanwhile, Idaho Fish and Game referred him to the Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services Program to explore potential solutions.

Since shooting the birds is not an option like with other livestock threatening predators, moving them was his only option. The eagles are federally protected and those caught poaching them could potentially face up to a year in jail and a $100,000 fine.

Hopefully the new location works out for the best, as the current rate of predation is not sustainable for a ranching operation.

“In 45 days, I will have no more sheep.”

The neighboring state of Wyoming recently approved a plan to relocate a number of Golden Eagles with a similar habit of preying on sheep, but there is no indication that this option is being explored in this case.