Local Golden Eagle Ties Record

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A state wildlife officials says a golden eagle that was electrocuted near Sheridan, was more than 30 years old, which ties the record for the second-oldest in the species that has ever been tagged in North America.

The eagle was found by a resident, on March 19, on Soldier Creek Road, who alerted officials with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

A small metal band was attached to the bird's leg with identifying numbers that was sent to a U.S. Geological Survey banding laboratory.

The lab reported the bird had been tagged as a fledgling in 1983 near Gillette. The bird’s estimated age was 30 years, 9 months, tying for second place in the lab’s longevity records with a Colorado eagle. The oldest eagle was found in Utah in 2012 and was 31 years and 7 months old.

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