Rehabilitated Eagles Returned to Wild in Wisconsin
The largest and most successful rescue of poisoned eagles ever recorded has come to a dramatic completion today at Antigo, Wis. with the release of seven American bald eagles into the wild by the Raptor Education Group.

The eagles, poisoned at a landfill in Vilas County, were found on the ground and near death on April 9, 2011 when wildlife rehabilitators raced to the scene and transported the eagles to the Raptor Education Group rehabilitation facility in Antigo, Wis. An eighth eagle was found dead at the scene.

The investigation launched by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) is ongoing and investigators cannot comment on the details of the case until it is complete.

“The cause of the poisoning has been determined and is no longer a risk to wildlife or the public,” said USFWS Special Agent Steve Stoinski, the lead investigator.

After weeks of intense care, the eagles – three adults and four juveniles – have all recovered from the toxin and are ready to be released back to the wild.

“The Raptor Education Group did an excellent job rehabilitating these birds back to health and we are very pleased to see the eagles returned to the wild,” Stoinski said.

The eagle release took place beginning at 11:00 a.m. June 1, 2011 at the Raptor Education Group, Inc. facility at N2160 W Rollwood Rd, Antigo, Wis. Check out images of the release:

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