Destruction of eagle egg at Game Farm criticized

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

A state biologist has been criticized for destroying an egg two bald eagles produced in captivity and is on a leave of absence from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR).

Lee Carolan, a biologist and director of education and information at the Game Farm in Frankfort, requested a five-week leave of absence June 23, according to state Wildlife Commissioner Tom Bennett on Friday.

When asked if Carolan would return to work in five weeks, Bennett said, "I expect to hear from her in five weeks." When asked why she requested the leave, Bennett said, "you'll have to ask her that." Carolan, a non-merit employee, could not be reached for comment.

During a June 13 quarterly meeting of the KDFWR Commission in Frankfort, commissioner Tom Baker questioned Carolan about the eagle egg incident. Baker, of Louisville, representing the 2nd District, said it seemed to him destroying the egg "was entirely the wrong thing to do."

The eagle egg discovered April 7 surprised game officials. They believed the adult birds were sterile. Experts say it is rare for eagles in confinement to mate.

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