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Bald eagle rescued from Interstate 5 in Redding passes away

UPDATE: 4:14 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2020 – A bald eagle named "Knight" that was rescued along I-5 in Redding Wednesday has passed away.

Posted: May 20, 2020 9:29 AM
Updated: May 21, 2020 4:33 PM

UPDATE: 4:14 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2020 – A bald eagle named "Knight" that was rescued along I-5 in Redding Wednesday has died.

The nine-pound bald eagle was a male who was transferred to the Defiance Canyon Raptor Rescue after being saved by the CHP, Shasta County Sheriff's Office, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. When Knight was found, officers reported blood coming from its mouth.

"I'm very sorry to say that Knight, the eagle who was found on I-5 yesterday, died about 10:30 today," Marily Woodhouse with Defiance Canyon Raptor Rescue said. "His breathing had become very labored, and he hemorrhaged a large amount of blood from his mouth and died quickly between the times I checked on him."

Woodhouse said she believes Knight died due to eating a rodent that had been poisoned with a poison that causes rodents to bleed out internally -- which seems Knight also died from.

She urged anyone who wants to get rid of rodents to use something other than poison.

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REDDING, Calif. – CHP Redding Officers, Fish & Wildfire, and the Shasta County Animal Control teamed up to rescue a Bald Eagle standing along Interstate 5 early Wednesday morning.

Officers said around 6:15 a.m. they received a report of an injured eagle on I-5, south of Knighton, and blocking the fast lane. Within minutes, officers arrived and found a large bald eagle standing there.

CHP units were able to get the eagle to the shoulder of I-5 and out of traffic.

Shasta County Animal Control and the Department of Fish & Wildfire (DFW) assisted in the rescue. They were able to place the eagle in a cage.

Fish & Wildfire officials are now taking the eagle to a facility where it will be examined and treated.

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