Draper Museum Raptor Experience
Hatch year: approximately 2002
Came to us from: Gillette, Wyoming
This beautiful golden eagle was hit by a vehicle and suffered a compound fracture to her right humerus. Surgery was performed and a pin was placed in the bone to try to repair the damage but, unfortunately, she did not regain full flight abilities. She is often the star of our raptor programs.
The golden eagle is one of only two eagle species native to North America, but found throughout the northern hemisphere. These are incredibly powerful birds that feed largely on medium-sized mammals such as rabbits, hares, marmots, and game birds, but they do occasionally take down prey as large as pronghorn antelope.
Golden eagles typically weigh between 8 and 12 pounds but can be as large as 14 and often have a 7-foot wingspan, making them one of the largest raptors in North America.