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Eagle found injured along I-55 possibly died of West Nile

(Photos courtesy of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and DuPage County Animal Care and Control) (Photos courtesy of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and DuPage County Animal Care and Control)
(Photos courtesy of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and DuPage County Animal Care and Control) (Photos courtesy of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and DuPage County Animal Care and Control)
(Photos courtesy of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and DuPage County Animal Care and Control) (Photos courtesy of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and DuPage County Animal Care and Control)
Willowbrook Wildlife Center staff veterinarian Jen Nevis and wildlife keeper Alicia Seghi examine the bald eagle. (Photos courtesy: Forest Preserve Dist. of DuPage Co. & DuPage co. Animal Care and Control) Willowbrook Wildlife Center staff veterinarian Jen Nevis and wildlife keeper Alicia Seghi examine the bald eagle. (Photos courtesy: Forest Preserve Dist. of DuPage Co. & DuPage co. Animal Care and Control)
Alicia Seghi and Dr. Jen Nevis examine the eagle. (Photo courtesy: Forest Preserve Dist. of DuPage Co. & DuPage Co. Animal Care and Control) Alicia Seghi and Dr. Jen Nevis examine the eagle. (Photo courtesy: Forest Preserve Dist. of DuPage Co. & DuPage Co. Animal Care and Control)
DUPAGE COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

An eagle found Tuesday morning along Interstate 55 by an Illinois Department of Transportation crew has died from its injuries.

The American bald eagle was being treated at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.

According to the wildlife center, the eagle passed away overnight.

After an exam on Tuesday, staff suspected the bird had been hit by a vehicle due to apparent head trauma and abrasions and contusions to its wings and feet.

On Wednesday morning, Willowbrook staff veterinarian Jen Nevis performed an initial necropsy on the bird and found no signs of internal trauma, ruling out that it had been hit by a vehicle, according to center Manager Sandy Fejt.

Willowbrook staff now suspect the eagle might have died from West Nile virus and that its visible injuries were the result of it being on the ground and unable to fly for some time.

The bird has been taken to the University of Illinois where a thorough necropsy will done. Test results for West Nile virus, avian influenza and Newcastle disease are expected in a day or two, but more extensive testing will take longer.

A check of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tag on the bird revealed that it was the same eagle that had brought to Willowbrook in February 2014 after being shot in Oak Lawn. It was treated for a broken wing and later released at Pratt's Wayne Woods in April 2014.

For more information on the Willowbrook Wildlife Center, you can click here.

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