WSU veterinarians prepare eagle to be released back into the wild

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University veterinarians will release a two-year-old bald eagle back into the wild on Friday. 

According to Public Information Officer Charlie Powell, the female eagle came to WSU's Veterinary Teaching Hospital in August emaciated and unable to fly. 

Powell said diagnostic tests did not reveal any injuries or illnesses that may have caused the condition. The eagle was given supportive care immmediately and started to molt soon after. 

As a result of the molting, WSU could not release the bird until it grew back a full complement of feathers necessary for protection and flight. 

Under federal law, protected species like bald eagles must be released back into the wild whenever possible at or very near where they were found so they may resume their migratory life. The eagle will be released from East Park in Quincy at noon Friday. The public is welcome to join. 

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