Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 13, 2014

Bald eagle hit by train in New River Gorge


Associated Press

CHARLESTON — A bald eagle has survived a collision with an Amtrak train in the New River Gorge.

Wendy Perrone with the Three Rivers Avian Center tells the Charleston Gazette that the female eagle is the mate of a male eagle that was hit by another Amtrak train in 2013.

Perrone says the female eagle was hit last Friday near the pair’s nesting site at the south end of the New River Gorge National River between Sandstone and Hinton.

Perrone says the eagle was spotted last Saturday sitting along the tracks. It flew across the river to the pair’s old nesting site when approached.

The avian center is monitoring the eagles’ current nest. Perrone says the pair was observed mating but no eggs or young eaglets could be seen.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette.