LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- An eagle fight in Lake Oswego has left one bird of prey in need of some human attention.
The bald eagle had a puncture wound to the talon after getting into a territorial dispute with another eagle.
It's now recovering at the Audubon Society's Wildlife Care Center in SW Portland where staff veterinarians are treating the bird's injuries.
Witnesses tell state troopers the two eagles duked it out over a tree in Lake Oswego. The injured bird was found lying in a rhododendron bush after the fight.
It's too soon to tell whether the eagle will make it back into the wild.
It's really hard to say. He doesn't have any fractures, no broken bones and no internal injuries. The main injury is he has punctures into his knee and he's not using the leg very well, said Deb Shaeffer, Audubon society veterinarian.
Territorial fights between eagles are not uncommon this time of year, she said.
The injured eagle appears to be a recently matured five year-old, weighing nine pounds. It still has some growing to do.
Bald eagles have made enough of a comeback in the United States that they were taken off the threatened and endangered lists in 2007.