According to CTV, two men, Sterling Drost and Rod Lyons, were in a wooded area near Ludlow, New Brunswick, when they stumbled across the eagle.
“Big wings coming up on my face, about a seven-foot wingspan, and then it fell back down into the water, which is what shocked me, and then he said ‘it’s injured, it’s injured,” Drost told CTV.
The two quickly realized the eagle’s leg was tangled in a trap of unknown origin; working together, with Drost trying to hold the eagle while Lyons removed the trap. It took two minutes, but the eagle was set free.
The New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources would not comment on the news item, but did note that anyone who sees a wild animal in a trap should contact them first.
“It would have been dead. Wouldn’t have been long and it would have been dead,” Drost noted in his CTV interview. “It stopped about 20 feet away from us and got on a rock and looked at us and those eyes were looking right through you and I think he was saying, ‘thank you.’”
APFA, on behalf of all of our members, supporters and the wildlife of Canada, would like to thank Drost and Lyons for their brave actions.