Ravens Troll Bald Eagle While Enjoying Some Venison: VIDEO

by Matthew Memrick
(Photo by Galen Rowell/Corbis via Getty Images)

Trollish ravens recently picked on a Maine bald eagle’s venison meal, and a trail camera got it on video.

Hey ravens, show a little respect for our national bird, why doncha? By the way, a bunch of crows is called an unkindness (or a conspiracy). Yahoo! News reported on the incident, showing that those ravens fit the description, trying to pick away at the bald eagle’s food.

Mainely Wildlife Photography owner Keith Dirago got the video recently only 100 yards off a local road. He shared it with the Bangor Daily News.

Retiree Caught Bald Eagle Showdown

Dirago and his wife of 37 years, Kathrin, moved to Stacyville after retiring in July. The couple ended up in the town after previous photograph-hunting visits. Stacyville is a little over an hour north of Bangor.

Dirago lured the bird out with some leftover deer scraps. The photographer said he shoots eagles “mostly,” but any “wildlife will do.”

In this playground-like video, seven or eight ravens hover around the eagle with a few sneaking up to pick at the deer meal. As the bald eagle tries to eat in peace, the ravens try to outflank him. One even pulls at the eagle’s tail feathers.

Unrattled, the animal does its best to eat in the one-minute video.

Dirago works daily at finding wildlife photos, and the town is not too far from Maine mountain landmark Mount Katahdin. Recently he found a crow with white wings in his front yard, which is almost a daily visitor.

Bald Eagles Killed In Oklahoma, Oregon

Once on the edge of extinction, Americans are killing these birds again. 

Federal authorities are looking into the recent case of a bald eagle outside Lane, Okla.

NBC 4 learned that a farmer found a badly mutilated bald eagle off the road in Atoka County. The farmer contacted the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

The bird’s carcass was missing its head, talons, and tail feathers were missing. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Forensics Lab is currently conducting an autopsy to learn the bird’s initial cause of death.

In Oregon, authorities found a dead bald eagle on Nov. 30 and investigated the bird’s death. In that state, there’s a $6,500 maximum fine and up to a year in jail for convicted bald eagle killers. Violaters can also get hit with additional penalties of $5,000.

The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act protects bald eagles. Officials are offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to a conviction of the culprits. If convicted of violating the act, a person could get one year in jail along with a $100,000 fine. If an organization is involved, that first offense comes with a $200,000 fine.