You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Red Sox Live

3

3

▲  5th Inning 1 outs

PETA in flap over BC’s eagle mascot

Decries return of live bird to sidelines, but officials say raptor is handled with care

Professional handlers control BC’s bald eagle mascot during appearances at Alumni Stadium.

Winslow Townson for The Boston Globe

Professional handlers control BC’s bald eagle mascot during appearances at Alumni Stadium.

A live bald eagle has landed as the Boston College football mascot, but an animal rights group is squawking that the bird’s star turn at Alumni Stadium is cruel and unusual.

“Boston College just flunked Ethics 101 by teaching students that it’s fine to exploit, disrespect, and terrify animals,” said Delcianna Winders, an official with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Continue reading below

PETA asked the US Fish & Wildlife Service on Monday to investigate whether BC is abiding by the law, which requires permits and an educational use for the display of bald eagles. The last eagle to survey the BC sideline died 47 years ago from a virus, and the tradition was revived this year.

On the surface, a US wildlife agent said, BC appears to have a legal eagle.

Federal and state permits have been obtained, the bird is used before games to promote wildlife awareness, and professional handlers control the bird at all times, said John Linehan, president of Zoo New England, which cares for the eagle at the Franklin Park Zoo.

The eagle has yet to be named, but a student-led contest will decide its moniker, to be revealed during the Oct. 5 game against Army, said BC spokesman Jack Dunn.

Like a freshman trying to make the team, the eagle has not seen much action in two home contests. The 9-year-old male was not brought into the stadium during the opener, and it left after the national anthem in the second game. “We’re making sure it doesn’t get too excited,” Linehan said. “If it does, we give it quiet time.”

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.