Canyon Butler of Big Rapids was travelling to Iron River with his mother, Kelli Harding, to visit his grandmother, Sue Stupp, on Feb. 8. Canyon explained that just outside of the town of Helps, on Highway M69, they passed a school bus with a shattered windshield.
They soon saw, in the road, a bald eagle. Another person had stopped, a young man on his way to work. Using gloves and a nylon feed bag the man placed the eagle into their vehicle. They had called 911 and received the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department. They were put in touch with Phylliss Carlson who is a wildlife rehabilitator and licensed to handle large birds of prey. With the eagle in the back of their SUV, they drove to North Dickinson School where they met up with Carlson. She then took the bird to Green Bay, Wis. to a rehab center. Canyon said that when they first came upon the eagle, they could see a deer carcass alongside the road. They also saw that the bird’s left eye was missing. He was glad they could help the eagle. (Butler photos)