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UPDATE: Decorah eagle found electrocuted

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D12, Photo courtesy of the Raptor Resource Project D12, Photo courtesy of the Raptor Resource Project
DECORAH (KWWL) -

One of the Decorah eagles born this spring was found electrocuted over the weekend.

The Raptor Resource Project, which runs the well-known Decorah Eagle Cam, says one of the younger eagles was found electrocuted at the base of a power pole on Sunday. The bird was known as D12, and had recently left the nest for the season.

The Raptor Resource Project says it notified the local utility company of the bird's death and modifications were made to several power poles in the area to make them safer for the eagles.

The RRP advises that anyone who finds a bird that may have been electrocuted should contact the local wildlife office and the utility company. The RRP says you should be prepared to provide details about the bird and the identification number or specific location of the utility pole.

In a Facebook post, the RRP referenced the Avian Protection Plan released in 2005. According to the plan, many utility poles are safe for birds, but unshielded poles can pose an electrocution risk.

Alliant Energy's Justin Foss says the utility poll D12 landed on did have an animal guard in place at the time of the accident. Crews put a temporary cover over the pole and transformer on Sunday. Crews returned to the site on Monday to re-engineer the animal cover to make it safer.

The RRP posted a photo of D12 on Facebook along with the following comment:

"We continue to remember how blessed we are with all the successes from the Decorah nest so far, and we will be thankful for all the future successes as well. This is the first known tragedy from the Decorah nest, and we thank all of you for your heartfelt thoughts on this loss."

The Decorah Eagle Cam operated by the Raptor Resource Project tracks a pair of bald eagles each year as they lay eggs and the eaglets eventually leave the nest. The live stream has been viewed by more than 20 million devices around the world.

The Raptor Resource Project is a non-profit based in Decorah. It was established in 1988 to preserve birds of prey.

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