The Capture of Eagle #K72
When I entered the trap site on February 29, things didn't look good.
There was an open channel about 12' across and 5' deep where the net had
previously deployed. The recent warm temperatures had caused much of the
ice to rot. I looked around the bay and spotted another area which was
still visible from the blind and was made up of exposed mud flat and ice.
There was open water adjacent to it, but when I paced across the ice, I
decided that with a little luck, the rockets would fall about 10'-12' short
of the open water. There was another problem too, the eagles, coyotes,
and a fisher had cleaned the deer carcass I had been trapping over, the
rib cage lay there with no flesh left on the bones. There is a NY State
Department of Transportation office close by on the mainland, frequently
they pick up road killed deer. As luck would have it, when I checked with
them they knew of a recent road kill entirely intact and offered to take
me to it and even help load it!