Wounded wildlife pose dilemmas for intervention

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Associated Press

Posted on May 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Updated Saturday, May 24 at 10:07 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A moose in Minnesota was suffering from an open wound where its tail should have been. Wildlife managers concluded it was the result of a wolf attack and left it alone.

But state officials intervened on behalf of a baby eagle with a broken wing, as the nest was the subject of a popular online video feed.

The cases highlight a common dilemma across the country: when to intervene for wounded wildlife and when to let nature take its course.

Wildlife biologists say there's a strong preference for deferring to nature.

A social media outcry led officials to try to save the eaglet, but it was too sick. As for the moose, it survived and recently gave birth.

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