If all goes well, this eagle will be among the lucky ones to have survived a situation like this.
Leghold traps, in use on both public and private land, are responsible for an untold number of animal deaths each year. Though often intended to target certain animals, all manner of nontarget creatures can easily fall victim to them as well - including pets and protected species.
It's not surprising, then, that these devices have been outlawed in more 80 countries worldwide, including the European Union. Yet in most places across America they're used with few regulations.
Perhaps now, as the public sees America's national animal so cruelly ensnared, that may finally change.