Moreno, our Golden Eagle
Moreno, our Golden Eagle
Moreno was an adult in 1998 when he was found on the side of the highway, near High Rolls in southern New Mexico. He had been hit by a car, probably while hunting. He was treated for severe head trauma and a bad eye injury. It was determined that he had developed a large cataract in his left eye which prevented him from being released back into the wild.

Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

Golden eagles are found in many parts of the world, including most of North America, Asia, northern Africa, and Europe. In North America, golden eagles live mostly in mountainous canyons, rim rock areas of open deserts, and western grasslands. They live at elevations from sea level to 11,800 feet. In New Mexico, they typically nest on cliffs.

Golden eagles eat mammals, preferring rabbits and squirrels. Black-tailed jackrabbits are a key prey species throughout much of their range. These eagles are also capable of taking larger bird or mammal prey, including cranes, swans, deer fawns, and smaller domestic livestock. In addition to live prey, golden eagles often feed on carrion, following crows and other scavengers to a meal.

Golden eagles appear to be in decline in the southern Rocky Mountain region, and researchers are trying to determine why. The US Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act outlaws harming these birds, their eggs, and their nests. However, humans are still golden eagles’ greatest threat: it’s estimated that over 70% of golden eagle mortality is attributable to human impact, either intentional or inadvertent. Threats to golden eagles include lead poisoning, impacts with wires, wind turbines, and cars, gunshot, and electrocution.

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Moreno can be sponsored for $5000. This will keep him fed and his shelter maintained.

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