War Eagle VIII Facts

  • War Eagle VIII weighs in at approximately 7.7 lbs. and has a 6.5 foot wingspan.

  • War Eagle VIII eats over 150 lbs. of food annually. This food comes from a specialty supplier and the Auburn University Raptor Center spends over $60,000 annually to feed all the raptors under their care.

  • War Eagle VIII medical care is provided by Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She receives both pre and post season exams.

  • War Eagle VIII was found near Selma, AL. Golden Eagle populations in Alabama are scarce and only occur in the winter.

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General War Eagle Facts

  • An eagle has been associated with Auburn University since the late 1800s.

  • Golden Eagles are capable of reaching speeds over 120mph, although in Jordan-Hare Stadium they only reach around 40mph.

  • Funding for the eagles comes entirely from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, educational outreach fees, and private donations.

  • Golden Eagles are federally protected by both the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. This act prohibits the take, possession, sale, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import, of any bald or golden eagle, alive or dead, including any part, nest, or egg, unless allowed by permit.

  • Eagles at the Auburn University Raptor Center belong to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and are allowed to stay at Auburn University for educational reasons.

  • The average lifespan of a Golden Eagle is around 30 years.

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