ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) — A bald eagle has been killed by a train while enjoying breakfast on a stretch of train tracks near Abderdeen, Md.

Craig Koppie, an eagle coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, says the rare encounter Thursday happened in a flash.

The bird was eating a deer carcass on the tracks as an Amtrak train headed to Washington approached about 8:30 a.m. An engineer spotted the bird and blasted his horn, but the eagle took off too slowly and was hit.

Bald eagles flourish in the area of the accident, which is near woods that are full of deer. When waters freeze in the winter and eagles do not have access to fish, they snack on dead deer.

Eagles are no longer considered an endangered species, but they are shielded by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. bernard F Mc Kernan says:

    Wrong place at the wrong time. Now he’s a dead bald eagle. Reassuring to know that people along with their four legged friends make the same mistakes.

  2. TheHatchet says:

    Did Aberdeen secede? I didn’t know there was anything between MD & DE except an invisible line. Someone needs to buy a freakin map. Aberdeen is 25 miles from DE, and isn’t even in a county that borders DE. Nice headline….

  3. www.AwarenessHelps.info says:

    Being an animal lover and advocate for animal protection, I hate when animals are killed. It hurts me every time because I always think of pain and suffering they endured. Many times it gives me chills.

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