Second Massachusetts Bald Eagle Dies From Rat Poison This Year

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WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A second bald eagle in Massachusetts has died after it ingested poison, according to state wildlife officials.

Officials said the highly toxic poison is meant to kill rats. The state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife said the female fledgling was found in destress back in late July on the ground in Middlesex County.

They were able to bring the bird to Tufts Wildlife Clinic in Grafton, but she later died.

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A Toxicology test was done on the bird's liver, and it showed the cause of death was lethal levels of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide.

The poison prevents the blood from clotting normally which results in fatal internal bleeding.

An adult bird died from the same cause in March.

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