While Kathleen Adair was hiking along the Davies Creek Trail, near Juneau, Alaska, she came upon a bald eagle struggling and bleeding in a bear hunting trap. She knew she had to act fast because nightfall was approaching. She decided to free the animal and that, unfortunately, landed her in jail.
Kathleen could see the poor bird was in distress!
But rescuing the eagle was not easy, their talons and beaks may cause serious injury to anyone. Kathleen was finally able to free the bird from the trap after some time. This proved to be a costly mistake for the poor woman.
Kathleen did not know that it is illegal to tamper with hunters’ traps. Kathleen was then charged and forced to defend herself. To make matters worst, she then discovered that the eagle had to be euthanized three days after she freed it.
The Judge in the matter found Kathleen’s actions admirable and eventually dismissed the case against her. A photo of the bloody scene shows just how serious the bird’s injuries were. Kathleen said she did not regret helping the animal regain its freedom.
Traps like those are not very humane and eco-terrorist are trying to ruin trappers’ livelihoods and stop this inhumane practice!
Kathleen’s actions raise awareness about hunting methods. Despite the ending, she’s still most certainly a hero.
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