Perhaps you will see on youtube the video of a supposed attack on a small child in a Montreal park by what is identified as a Golden Eagle. It looks like the kind of thing that one birder might pass to another. Don't believe tit. Turns out it was a college assignment (?). A frequent poster to the email list BirdChat, Devorah Bennu, PhD, GrrlScientist, as she signs herself, first brought the video to attention, did some research, and most recently confirmed suspicions that it's faked. The bird has been identified as, most likely, an immature Steppe Eagle. This species is very common, and available to falconers or other bird fanciers. And to college students. 

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