Bald Eagles are one of the most famous examples of birds of prey, meaning that they are good hunters and kill and feed upon animals or other birds that are greater than the eagle.
Bald Eagles have very powerful and sharp talons and yes they can be identified with having a white-headed and yellow-colored extremely sharp beak.
The sharp-powerful talons help the eagle to grab its prey so that it cannot escape, and use its sharp-pointed beak to bite and cut the prey at the base of the skull or in the neck and tear the flesh apart.
Yes, Bald Eagles are dangerous, and it is always advised that you never take the potentiality of this bird for being a predator lightly when one is around.
Although, it’s very rare to see eagles attacking humans as they don’t want to conflict with us. But the possibility is there if anyhow a Bald eagle and human conflict occur then it can attack us which won’t be lethal but the attack can make humans seriously wounded due to the bird’s physical aggressiveness and attacking spirit.
It’s true that due to the bird’s nature and physical makeover chances are minimally high that it can make humans wounded if a conflict occurs.
But, in reality, humans seem to be much more lethal in the survival of the bird due to its daily activities like the destruction of the bald eagle’s natural habitat and the introduction of various harmful chemicals into the environment. Thus, decreasing the chances of its survival.
What happens if a bald eagle attacks you?
Although it is rare to listen to stories about a Bald Eagle attack, but the possibility of any Bald Eagle attack cannot be completely ignored.
If the eagle feels unsecured then chances are there that it will attack, and if they do then they will aggressively, incessantly, and brutally attack you. And, when with luck on their side they can even lethally attack you.
If a bald eagle attacks then the eagle’s sharp talons can possibly pierce through the skin and flesh and can cause severely deep wounds to the body.
Their attack can be very fierce and aggressive. If they get to hold onto your body parts like hands, fingers, etc. with their talons being highly compressed (having pressure of about 400 pounds per square inch) then chances are very high that the pressure may break your bones and tear your tendons.
If they attack, they will always approach you with a rapid burst of speed and force aligning to their perfect aerodynamics. Such a high-intensity attack can shock a person and can easily knock him or her down.
They will knock you with their talons with a massive upcoming force and can even injure you both with their talons and sharp-deadly beak while leaving you vulnerable to further attacks.
They can use their beak to snatch and tear your flesh and skin off the body while disrupting your body balance.
Chances are high that a very aggressive and violent eagle attack can tear-cut your flesh, deeply wound your skin, break your bones, snatch your eyes, and even cause extreme levels of damage to the lungs, arteries, intestines, nose, ears, or other internal organs of the human body.
How dangerous are eagles for humans?
Although eagles don’t usually attack humans until and unless they feel highly provoked. However, the possibility of an eagle attack is there in eagle-prone regions, especially during the breeding season.
Eagles aren’t so dangerous to humans and their attack cannot be considered lethal.
However, if luck favors on the eagle’s side then they can highly injure you or can even kill you in very rare case scenarios.
If we talk about the eagles like the giant Philippine eagle, Harpy eagle, and Steller eagle then it is pretty sure that they can kill a human easily, but the thing is that their attacks are the rarest.
So, if we talk about these above-mentioned eagles species then yes they can hypothetically kill a human if it struck us going fast enough.
In fact, these eagles even have such a powerful grip strength which can be comparably more than enough to crush the human skull and squeeze the brain off.
If eagles like the Bald eagles and Golden eagles attack then yes they can create severe deep wounds on the layers of your skin and flesh. Their powerful attack can even knock you down to the ground with a shock.
Their beaks are sharp and pointed enough to scratch, bite, and tear your flesh. So, if you ever face an eagle attack, then it is possible that your shirt can be full of blood.
Be careful while you are there with your infants in any eagle-prone region, as in some rare case scenarios they are infamous in snatching and carrying away human babies as well.
Will Bald Eagles attack and snatch human babies?
Yes, Bald Eagles can attack and snatch human babies just the same way they do to their prey consisting of medium-sized mammals and birds such as rabbits, hares, grouse, ducks, squirrels, prairie dogs, raccoons, etc.
They do avoid attacking an adult human due to their greater size. However, they won’t think a lot about attacking and snatching away a human baby due to the baby’s smaller size as like its medium to small-sized prey.
Yes, it’s true that various attacks on infants and children by eagles (most commonly the Golden Eagle) have been reported over the years.
All because it’s possible for a large-sized bird like an adult Golden or Bald eagle to snatch away and carry a human baby easily with its talons’ grip.
Stories of human babies’ skulls found in eagles’ nests can also be read if one searches the internet thoroughly for the same.
The fact that fewer baby predation was clearly documented in the past due to the various historical circumstances like less use of cameras, internet, etc. during those days.
Nevertheless, adult eagles due to their larger size are physically strong enough to attack, snatch, and fly off with human babies.
So we should not be surprised by occasional reports of this happening. But, what we can do in order to protect this is by not leaving our children and infants unprotected in any eagle-prone region, especially during their breeding season.
How to avoid an Eagle attack?
Eagles are strongly territorial birds, particularly during the breeding and nesting season. So, it’s always suggested to be careful and well protected when you enter any eagle-prone region during their breeding season in order to avoid an eagle attack.
It’s better to remain inside your four-wheeler and move by driving your car if you think you have entered somewhere where an eagle might attack you.
If you are on foot then you can carry an umbrella with you all of the time.
You are better suggested to open up the umbrella and hold it over your head when you are in the area of attacks. The larger the umbrella the safer it is for you.
Carrying the umbrella will save you from any possible attack as the chances are there that the eagle will attack the umbrella and not your head.
You can even knock the eagle with your umbrella and this can seriously hurt the bird, thus leading it to fly away from you.
Also it is best suggested that you carry a badminton racket or anything same with you so that you can knock the bird if in case it tries to approach you.
Don’t try to climb up the tree or get closer to a tree where you see or doubt there is an eagle’s nest.
Eagles will get recklessly aggressive towards other birds and occasionally humans if they get too close to their nests during their nesting and breeding season.
So, if you see a nest or baby eaglet, do not approach it. Or else, you may be severely injured by the mother or father eagle.
You must keep in mind that umbrellas and large-sized hats are a great way to get rid of bird attacks.
Also, try to avoid keeping long hairs into visible ponytails or buns, or else this could be mistaken by an eagle as a possible danger leading to eagle attacks.
Also avoid wearing shiny objects, any dark-colored or shiny clothes, jewelry if you enter an eagle-prone region. It’s because these can distract the bird causing it to attack you.