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Tennessee hunter catches video of golden eagle diving at deer

Golden eagle dives at deer - Craig Owensby via TWRA.PNG
A Tennessee hunter captured the stunning moment a golden eagle decided to make a pass at a deer. (Image: Craig Owensby via TWRA)

A Tennessee hunter captured the stunning moment a golden eagle decided to make a pass at a deer.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) says deer hunter Craig Owensby in Humphries County picked up his camera when he noticed a large bird in a field, and it appeared to be on the hunt.

And then, it flew right at a nearby deer. Watch the video below.

The TWRA says the golden eagle is a western bird that regularly visits Tennessee in the winter months. They usually arrive in mid-November, and are gone by early March.

The agency says 47 captive-raised eagles were released in Tennessee from 1995 to 2006, and several more were released in North Carolina and north Georgia.

The TWRA says golden eagles' diets largely consist of medium-sized mammals like rabbits, ground squirrels and prairie dogs, though on rare occasions they have also gone for domesticated animals like sheep and goats.

"It appears this one may be fond of venison," the TWRA said on Facebook, and added that the video Owensby captured "would make Nationalgeographic.com proud."

For more information on the golden eagle, check out the TWRA's website here.

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