SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming wildlife officials say a golden eagle that was apparently electrocuted near Sheridan is the second-oldest that has been identified in North America.
The Sheridan Press reports the eagle was found March 19 under a utility pole.
Wyoming wildlife biologist Tim Thomas says the bird appeared to be electrocuted by a power line and had a small metal band attached to its leg.
Thomas says he reported the identifying numbers on the band to a federal laboratory, which said the bird had been banded as a fledgling in 1983 near Gillette.
The bird's estimated age was 30 years and 9 months, tying for second place in the lab's longevity records with a Colorado eagle.
The oldest recorded banded eagle was found in Utah in 2012, and was 31 years, 7 months old.