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Rehabilitated Bald Eagle to Be Released
November 29, 2004
The event will take place at
“This represents our ongoing commitment to our restored bald eagle population in
The female bald eagle was injured during a fight with another bald eagle in November 2003 in the
“It’s incredibly rewarding to know that this bald eagle is about to be released into the wild,” says Dr. Tom Knight, a veterinarian with the
The Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida has been caring for the bald eagle since November of 2003. The organization has cared for more than 30,000 wild animals, including about 15 eagles, since 1982.
“This is one of the feistiest bald eagles we’ve ever taken care of,” says Dorothy Kaufmann, director of the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida. “That feistiness dramatically increases its chances of surviving in the wild.”
Resee Collins, with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, will transport the eagle to the release site. The eagle will be hooded during the drive.
“Most eagles become so relaxed when hooded, they’ll fall asleep during the ride to the site,” says Collins, who has released more than 200 eagles into the wild.
Steps to a Safe and Successful Eagle Release
“While this bald eagle has been in captivity for a year, it’s still a wild animal, which makes it hard to predict its behavior when it’s released,” says Collins. “The eagle may fly off, land in a nearby tree, or simply fly to the ground. We’re all hoping for a National Geographic moment, but you never know what will happen.”
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has released 91 juvenile eagles (11-12 weeks old) into the wild since the Bald Eagle Restoration Project was established in 1984. As of 2003, there were 53 known active bald eagle nests in the state. Five of the nests are located in
Bald eagles are a threatened species. The population dwindled in the 1950s and 1960s due to the devastating effects of DDT, which was banned in 1972. When the Bald Eagle Restoration Project began in
“This rehabilitated eagle we are releasing into the wild should be able to breed and live a normal lifespan of 30 to 50 years,” says Collins.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes the statewide stewardship and enjoyment of