West Nile Virus Felled Bald Eagles in Utah: Wildlife Experts
A rash of bald eagle deaths in Utah over the past month is being attributed to West Nile virus, which experts believe they contracted from eating birds afflicted with the disease.
Hunters and farmers in northern and central Utah found nearly 30 listless eagles lying on the ground during December, the Los Angeles Times reported on December 28. The sight was heartbreaking, the Los Angeles Times said, as the paralyzed birds suffered seizures, in obvious pain, but with no known cause. They were taken to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah, where many died despite the experts’ best efforts.