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Kody The Steller's Sea Eagle Is Still Missing From The National Aviary, Crews Are On The Ground Ready To Respond

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Katie Blackley
90.5 WESA

Kodiak the Steller’s sea eagle is still missing after getting out of its habitat at the National Aviary on Saturday. The North Shore zoo said in a statement that Kody is likely to stay away from people and pets, and that if he’s sighted, folks should not get close to him.

“If you see him it is imperative that you do not approach him, as he is likely to fly away from anyone unfamiliar to him,” the statement said. “Instead, please maintain your position and sight of him, but do not make noises, movements or open doors or windows in an attempt to get a closer look.”

Aviary officials said the sea eagle escaped through a small gap in his enclosure.

Kody is 2 feet tall, has dark brown and white feathers and is likely hard to miss. The Aviary said multiple teams are on the ground, “prepared to respond quickly to credible Kody sightings.”

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Kodiak the Steller's sea eagle.

Laurie Goodrich, Sarkin Acopian director of conservation science at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association in eastern Pennsylvania, said birds that have lived in places like the Aviary might be looking for a person wearing a certain uniform or be vocal about hunger.

“Sometimes captive birds will beg, call out when they feel like they need food,” Goodrich said. “So people could be listening for that, too.”

The Aviary handlers, Goodrich said, will know the best way to recover Kody.

“There are ways of trapping eagles if it's a bird that's been trained to come down to somebody's fist,” Goodrich said. “That's also certainly something that can be tried with a captive bird.”

Sightings should be reported to 412-323-7235.

Katie Blackley is a digital editor/producer for 90.5 WESA, where she writes, edits and generates both web and on-air content for features and daily broadcast. She's the producer and host of our Good Question! series and podcast. She also covers history and the LGBTQ community. kblackley@wesa.fm