Eagles eat cat as nature loses a few fans

We like nature as long as nature is pretty and cuddly and cute. But, let me tell you, it’s an eagle-eat-cat world out there and that’s upsetting people, apparently.

In Pittsburgh, one of those eagle webcams caught nature being nature when an eagle brought a dead cat back to the nest for the babies.

Warning: This isn’t for cat people.

“A lot of people have an idyllic view of these eagles. I think the eagle cameras are providing an education of what it takes to survive and raise offspring in nature,” Rachel Handel, spokeswoman for the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, tells the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

“The circle of life sucks,” said one commenter on the Society’s Facebook page.

“It is a little insensitive to someone who may be missing their pet,” wrote another.

And another one opined that she’s had just about enough of bald eagles. “Raptors tear their larger prey to pieces alive. I can’t imagine a more terrifying, painful, slow way to be killed as a prey animal in nature. I do not like raptors and don’t want them around here. I would not shoot them, but I am never happy to see them,” she said.

The Audubon Society was kind and respectful in delivering a message that basically amounted to, “too bad.”


This morning, the eaglets were munching on a fish head. Imagine: Eating fish.

In other eagles news, remember that eagle that was rescued by a Minnesota state trooper after it was hit by a car? It will be released back to the wild today.

  • PaulJ

    Ever see a cat trap a bird? Ever see a feed lot? Ever see a tree shade out another tree? Ever wonder why there’s so much violence in the world?

    • Bonni Boran

      Yes, my partner used to let her cat out, I didn’t like it, but… anyway, one fine spring day, said cat killed a robin in our (fenced yard) ~ holy guts, batman, I’d never seen such a bloody mess! From that day on, she decided to leave her cat indoors. I won’t let my cats out, I love them too much, and I love birds too much. And you make a hell of a good point when you mentioned feed lots! Cheers Paul ~

      • Rob

        Good on ya for not letting your cat out to decimate the local bird population. +1

  • Gary F

    The Mrs. is worried, we’ve seen a few big hawks in our neighborhood and SnoopCat might be lunch.

    • Keep the cat indoors?

      • Gary F

        That train has left the station. After 14 years, he’s a teenager and mom’s a sucker for a whining cat.

    • Rob

      What goes around, comes around.

  • Dan

    “…primarily because cats eat many, many songbirds”

    Can almost read a subtext of “payback is a b*tch” from the Audubon society, lol

  • MrE85

    Officer, arrest that eagle!

    • MrE85

      BTW, the injured eagle shown in this photo is being released today, according to Tom Weber. Watch out, kitties.

  • kevins

    I’ve got a bunch of extra cats…I’m sending an email to the Pittsburgh Eagles to come visit.

    • Rob


  • Tim

    I have a cat, and this is one of the reasons why she will always be an indoor cat. There are many more predators out there besides bald eagles that are dangerous to them (to say nothing of what a cat can do to the local wildlife).

    • Rob

      Thanks for being a conscientious cat person.

  • ChrisF

    Down at the far southern edge of the metro nature spills over into our yards. Nothing like sitting out on the deck, peaceful, feeling a warm spring breeze as the orange evening sun goes down while listening to the high pitched frantic screams of a squirrel or rabbit being eaten alive.

  • Bonni Boran

    I love cats. I also love raptors. I have several bird feeders in my yard, and enjoy attracting different birds. I chose to NOT let my cats outside. Too many consequences, to songbirds, yes, but also any cat that is free to roam, especially if they’re not spayed or neutered, can be a nuisance. They can also be in danger: getting hit by a car, being poisoned, either by accidental exposure, or some wacko who hates cats, even being shot. I’ve seen friends cats shot by arrows and bullets. Nature is not romantic. Man is far more cruel and vindictive than any raptor, bear, panther, fox, or whatever. Raptors are simply being true to their nature, and trying to survive. *** IRONY: there’s a stray cat in my yard and my dog wants to go outside and bark at it! *** Ah, nature…. 🙂

    • Rob

      Cats that aren’t spay or neutered and allowed to roam free are more than just a nuisance; It’s called over-population, which leads to more over-population, followed by lots of animals being given the blue juice at animal shelters. Responsible owners don’t let cats and dogs that aren’t “fixed” roam free.

  • andy

    I live in an area where country meets city in the far western Chicago suburbs. I regularly see eagles (there’s a nest near our house), coyotes (who aren’t afraid of me or my barking German Shepherd in the least), along with many other critters who would happily eat our little black cat. Hence, she stays indoors.

  • John

    Nature is tough.

    There’s not much that bugs me more than a vegetarian who doesn’t eat meat because it has big brown eyes. (you can be vegetarian all you want, but if your reason is that cows are living things, I’d like to point out that carrots are too, they’re just easier to catch). The comments about it being insensitive and ishy smack of that sort of over protected fuzzy view of nature.

    I tip my invisible cap to the Audubon for not censoring reality and trying to make some sort of fuzzy Disneyesque story out of raising eagles in the wild.

    • lindblomeagles

      Forced to agree with John here Kevin. What did camera watchers actually think was going to happen? Did they assume some kind society person was going to climb up into the eagle’s nest and hand-feed the chicks for mom and dad? Is that what happened here? Every living thing needs food. Heck, even a plant needs food. If we really care about cats being eaten by eagles, how bout starting a campaign to end stray cats? How bout going after people who let their cats out of the house, UNSUPERVISED, to roam the street or the alley or the backyard? Or, how bout we let nature be nature instead of expecting nature to be a pleasant Disney cartoon?

  • We see eagles regularly here in Woodbury. Rabbits are plentiful and are often taken by owls, hawks, and eagles. Anyone who lets a cat roam is risking losing it – and this says more about careless pet ownership than about eagles.

    • John

      I live in St. Louis Park, and there’s at least one bald eagle and several hawks in the area. They come flying over my back yard fast and low every once in a while.

      My big fat cat (17 lbs) is probably to big to be eagle food, and too fat and lazy to catch/kill any songbirds, but he is strictly an indoor model. I don’t trust the neighborhood coyotes and racoons to leave him alone.

      • We have coyotes and raccoons here, too. Our two Corgis never go out alone – we are always with them.

      • Rob

        And if he’s neutered, so much the better, just in case he does slip out.

  • Postal Customer

    Raptors are awesome.

    • PaulJ

      The F-22 doesn’t have a sharp enough beak to be called a raptor.

      • Angry Jonny

        Clap. Clap.

  • ec99

    This reminds of the story of an alligator being killed with 10 dog collars in its stomach.

    • Rob

      They were probably yappy little dogs that deserved to be eaten. Just kidding.

      • ec99

        Poodles, no doubt.

  • Khatti

    There are reasons why they’re called birds of prey. Actually we have a bald eagle nest on our property. We also have a cat, but she’s pretty wary. The cat is a stray that sort of just ended up here. My other pets are oak, hazel, and evergreen trees. So far the eagles haven’t carried them off.

  • KTN

    We’re cat people, but I heard a funny joke about cats the other day.
    So many cats, so few recipes

    • Rob

      I always thought Meow Mix was food for cats, but now you’ve got me thinking that it literally is food made from cats…

  • di

    Your cat belongs in a house where it won’t be killed by cars or evil people and then feed to baby eagles . My cat is 12 and she never ever goes out > That’s how she made it to 12 !! If you love your cat,keep them inside !