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Survey finds 82% of dead eagles with rat poison in their systems

Survey finds 82% of dead eagles with rat poison in their systems

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April 7 (UPI) -- Scientists found rat poison in the systems of 82% of the few hundred dead eagles examined for a multiyear survey between 2014 and 2018. The survey results, published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One, are a reminder of the lurking threats that face even the most well-protected animals. Advertisement "Generally, bald eagle populations have been thriving in the United States. This is great news and a conservation success story," corresponding author Mark Ruder told UPI in an email. "However, as wildlife health researchers, we are always concerned about the health of wildlife, including eagles. We live in a changing world and the human population puts a lot of pressure on our natural resources," said Ruder, an assistant professor at the University of Georgia's College of Vet...
Mysterious brain disease killing bald eagles traced to unknown cyanobacterium

Mysterious brain disease killing bald eagles traced to unknown cyanobacterium

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March 25 (UPI) -- North America's bald eagles, once severely threatened by DDT exposure, have rebounded dramatically over the last 50 years. In pockets of the American South, however, scientists have found local eagle populations suffering from outbreaks of a mysterious neurodegenerative disease, called avian vacuolar myelinopathy Advertisement Now, nearly 30 years after an outbreak of AVM killed hundreds of eagles in Arkansas, scientists have traced the origins of the deadly disease to a previously unknown cyanobacterium that grows exclusively on an invasive aquatic plant. The revelation -- detailed Thursday in the journal Science -- was made possible by a series of vital breakthroughs, and a fruitful collaboration between scientists in Georgia and Germany. Several years ago, a group of...
Eagles to trade Carson Wentz to Colts

Eagles to trade Carson Wentz to Colts

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Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade former No. 2 overall pick and 2017 Pro Bowl selection Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts. Sources told NFL Network and ESPN on Thursday that the Colts will send a third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and a second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft to the Eagles in exchange for the quarterback. Advertisement The second-round pick becomes a first-round pick in 2022 if Wentz takes 75% of the Colts' quarterback snaps in 2021 or if he takes 70% of the snaps and the Colts make the playoffs. Wentz, 28, completed a career-low 57.4% of his passes for 2,620 yards, 16 touchdowns and an NFL-high 15 interceptions in 12 starts last season. He completed 63.9% of his throws for 4,039 yards, 27 scores and seven interceptions in 16 starts in...
Eagles fire Super Bowl-winning coach Doug Pederson

Eagles fire Super Bowl-winning coach Doug Pederson

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Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia Eagles on Monday fired Doug Pederson, just three seasons after he coached the team to a Super Bowl title. "Coach Pederson and I had the opportunity to sit down and discuss what that collective vision would look like moving forward," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement released by the team. Advertisement "After taking some time to reflect on these conversations, I believe it is in both of our best interests to part ways." The Eagles posted a 4-11-1 record under Pederson in 2020 after they had a winning record and made the playoffs in each of their previous three seasons. Philadelphia lost seven of its final eight games this season to finish in last place in the NFC East. "It has been an absolute honor serving as head coach of the Philadelphia E...
Eagles TE Zach Ertz, RB Miles Sanders to miss time due to injuries

Eagles TE Zach Ertz, RB Miles Sanders to miss time due to injuries

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Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz and running back Miles Sanders will miss time after they sustained injuries during the team's Week 6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Sources told ESPN and NFL Network that Ertz will be out three to four weeks due to a high-ankle sprain and Sanders is expected to be sidelined one to two weeks due to a knee injury. Advertisement "Adversity visits the strong, but stays with the weak," Sanders tweeted Monday. "I'll be alright!" Sanders had 118 yards on nine carries before he injured his knee in the third quarter of Sunday's loss. Ertz sustained his ankle injury in the fourth quarter. The Eagles will host the New York Giants at 8:20 p.m. EDT on Thursday Night Football in Philadelphia. They will then host the Cowboys in another NFC East ma...