Two rare golden eagles facing extinction are helped by MacGyver. He must simultaneously confront the poacher trying to kill the eagles and eliminate MacGyver.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Susan Cooper
Curry (as Chris Stone)
Michael MacRae ...
Gant (as Michael Mac Rae)
Peter MacLean ...
Mr. Nystrom
Darin Cooper


Mac happily volunteers for a Phoenix foundation mission: helping protect the golden eagle. The pair he is sent to check on lives on a steep mountain; during his first attempt to approach it by para-glider, they get attacked in flight by a rich poacher and his criminal accomplices in a helicopter, who shoot the male by gun, far out of reach, and wound the female by crossbow before taking off; Mac descends to get the female, nearby, and teams up there with bright ten year-old Darin Cooper, who learned a lot about eagles from his late granddad. They bring the wounded eagle to the cabin where Darin's over-protective single mother Susan brought him in an attempt to mend her bond with the growing boy, who needs more space to become a man and instantly takes to understanding father figure Mac, nurse it and realize the male and probable chicks must be found, raising them is not a single parent job with eagles. With improvised extra climbing gear Mac risks his life dangling on and up the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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17 November 1986 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When MacGyver is climbing the mountain in search of the eagle, the length of his pants legs varies between shots, from knee-length down to ankle-length. See more »


[first lines]
MacGyver: [voice-over narration] The Golden Eagle's not just a bird. It's a natural wonder. But now it's on the Endangered Species list. So, the Phoenix Foundation came up with a project to ensure its survival. I was going to follow a pair of eagles that had mated and, hopefully, find their nest.
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