The VINS Wildlife Services team enjoyed a huge success yesterday, releasing a juvenile bald eagle from rehabilitation after the bird was shot back in September.
While we are always proud to see an injured bird we treat recover and fly off into the wild, the rarity of eagles as patients here at VINS combined with the unfortunate circumstances of his injury made his comeback all the more spectacular.
The eagle, which came into our care about 2 months ago, recovered from a fractured wing after being shot with a shotgun in Troy, VT. Shooting eagles is, of course, completely illegal, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife is leading an investigation into the matter with the aid of Vermont Fish & Wildlife.
The eagle was a wonderful patient, who dutifully ate his food each day and took to flying as soon as we moved him into his flight cage. The fracture in his wing -- now completely healed -- has not affected the eagle's flight ability, which is key to survival for a raptor.
Read more about our eagle and his care here, here, and here.