Necropsy Report Inconclusive

Microsoft Word - 16 702

Necropsy Report Inconclusive: As you see, the necropsy report from the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Animal Health Laboratory details several findings regarding the body of E4. Unfortunately, it seems that the refrigerator holding the body failed shortly after the eagle was placed there on July 9, and by the time the issue was discovered, some fairly significant decomposition (“autolysis”) had taken place. This seems to have prevented the pathologist from a conducting a more thorough analysis of the eagle’s organs, including the liver, spleen, brain, heart, etc. However, the brain, heart and kidney did test positive for West Nile virus.

Secondarily to the presence of West Nile virus, is the description of the injury to the eagle’s right rear toe, the “hallux” toe, also described as the first digit. The cause of the penetrating wound is still unknown and we do know from when the eagle was first rescued from the water on July 6, that the wound was not present at that point. What caused the wound, and whether it was a factor in the eagle’s death is unknown at this point. We are hoping to speak with Dr. Karen Fox in the coming days, as we have several questions about her findings and thus far do not see a definitive cause of death listed.

Updated: August 9, 2016 — 5:21 pm

Join Us

Raptor Education Foundation is a Certified Mile High United Way Affiliated Agency

Mile High United Way: (REF) Designation Code: 0294

Admin Staff
Anne Price — Corp. Secretary, Peter Reshetniak — President
Raptor Staff
Anne Price — Curator
Research & Project Associates
David Goode, Architect:Eagles Landing
Mews Manager
Savannah Grout
Docent & Volunteer Staff
Elise Bales, Morgan Brantmeyer, Chris Canipe, Kevin Corwin, Bernhard Hafner, Kim Kistler, Linda Julia, Jennifer McAllister, Melissa Nesavich, Anne Price, Jennifer Redmond, Peter Reshetniak, Beverly Rice, Mitch Skinner, Skye Taylor
Eagle Brigade, 2018
Docents In Training
Karen Gonzalez
IT Support
Trey Spangenberg
Legal Eagles
Fairfield & Woods

Privacy Policy

REF holds any and all information it gathers regarding its members, clients, supporters, partners, and funders in the strictest confidence. We do not sell or give away names to any entity whatsoever, except as required by law.


Raptor Education Foundation © 2015