The feathers and body of a bald eagle hit by a car on a Portland freeway will be used for Native American ceremonies.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the body of the eagle was turned over to them from the Audubon Society after it was euthanized.
A federal spokesman said that is standard protocol when dealing with federally protected animals like bald or golden eagles.
Portland firefighters were flagged down by a driver on I-84 at 102nd Avenue about 12:30 p.m. Feb. 20. The eagle was feeding on something on the side of the freeway when it was hit.
The eagle was taken to the Audubon Society of Portland in critical condition. It was diagnosed with a broken leg, paralysis in both legs, a fractured vertebra and a blood clot pushing on the bird's spinal column.
Veterinarians said it could not have survived in the wild or in captivity, so the eagle was euthanized.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife workers said the eagle's frozen body will be sent to the National Eagle Repository in Denver.
From there, the eagle's feathers and body parts will be distributed to Native American tribes for use in cultural and religious ceremonies.
It is illegal to sell them, so federal workers said this is a way to work with and accommodate the needs of the tribes.
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